In a June 2018 memo, William Barr reached a decisive and controversial conclusion that Trump’s interactions with ex-FBI Director James Comey would not characterize obstruction of justice. A reproduction of that memo was launched to senior Justice officers in December.
Barr had not however been confirmed as lawyer widespread on the time of the memo launch. He talked about the memo with Trump and knowledgeable him it may most likely come up all through his Senate affirmation, a provide conscious of the discussions knowledgeable CNN.
Barr has not shied away from defending Trump’s firing of Comey, nevertheless the June eight memo gives an in depth analysis of one of many essential consequential episodes of Trump’s presidency, concluding that whereas he’s “at midnight about many particulars,” Robert Mueller’s obstruction inquiry was “fatally misconceived.”
Barr added that Trump asking Comey to let go of the investigation into former nationwide security adviser Michael Flynn and later firing Comey had been inside his powers as head of the supervisor division.
“Mueller should not be able to demand that the President bear an interrogation about alleged obstruction,” Barr wrote. “If embraced by the Division, this idea would have doubtlessly disastrous implications, not just for the Presidency, nevertheless for the Authorities division as an entire and the Division notably.”