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Amy Berman Jackson Amy Berman Jackson, 2010. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/The National Law Journal

A federal judge this week ordered the release of a legal memo cited in declining to prosecute former President Donald Trump over former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s findings, and knocked Trump DOJ officials for “misleading” her about what was said in the documents sought in the public records lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia in a redacted opinion issued Monday, said the Office of Legal Counsel memo sought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington should be released because then-Attorney General William Barr never intended to prosecute Trump, and because the memo was not solely legal advice as argued in representations from Trump-era DOJ officials. She did find that another memo was properly withheld.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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