DOJ memo explaining decision against charging Trump with ‘obstruction’ in Mueller probe released

There has been a new development in the largely forgotten “Russian collusion” saga that shadowed Donald Trump’s presidency.

More than three years after Robert Mueller’s probe ended with no evidence of collusion, a Department of Justice memo explaining attorney general Bill Barr’s decision not to prosecute Trump for “obstruction” has been released, the New York Post reported.

DOJ releases Mueller ‘obstruction’ memo

Back in the spring of 2019, Mueller announced that he had not found evidence of Russian collusion after years of investigation that cost taxpayers millions of dollars. He also notoriously, and unusually, said he did not “exonerate” Trump of obstruction, but didn’t charge him with the crime, either.

Democrats, who had just spent years speculating about baseless “collusion” that had proven to be a dud, seized on Mueller’s ambiguous “obstruction” language and accused attorney general Bill Barr of having somehow whitewashed Mueller’s report to cover for Trump.

Of course, many were skeptical that Trump could be guilty of “obstructing” an apparently political probe which had failed to establish evidence of any underlying crime. As it turns out, the DOJ took more or less the same reasoning in its March 2019 memo on whether to charge Trump.

The memo, which a federal appeals court ordered released, advised Barr that Mueller’s failure to establish an underlying crime left the “compelling inference” that Trump sincerely believed his presidency was being railroaded by a partisan investigation and that his allegedly obstructive actions therefore had no criminal intent.

“In the absence of an underlying offense, the most compelling inference in evaluating the President’s conduct is that he reasonably believed that the Special Counsel’s investigation was interfering with his governing agenda,” the memo said.

The witch hunt continues…

The memo also notes that many of Trump’s allegedly obstructive acts, such as attempting to fire Mueller, were “facially lawful actions that are part of the President’s constitutional responsibility to supervise the Executive Branch.” In other words, Trump had the authority to fire subordinates. No kidding.

President Trump took a victory lap over the memo, and even gave a back-handed “thank you” to the liberal watchdog group that pushed for it to come out, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

“​CREW is devastated by these findings, that they worked so hard to ​’​expose,​’​ but may now move on to the even more ridiculous Witch Hunt that has already caused a great Mar-a-Lago Red Wave with the voters of our Nation!​” Trump said in a statement.

As Trump noted, the “witch hunt” has continued with the unprecedented FBI raid of his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Biden DOJ released a heavily redacted version Friday of the affidavit that was used to justify the raid. The document offered little detail.

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