WASHINGTON – The Justice Department said Monday it will appeal a decision issued by a federal judge in Washington last week that ordered the government to turn over normally secret information collected by former special counsel Robert Mueller.

The memo, written by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel, was cited by then-Attorney General William Barr as one of the reasons he did not intend to press obstruction charges against Trump after receiving Mueller’s report.

One part, a page and a half, of the 2019 memo was released in a later filing Monday night, but the Justice Department is appealing a judge’s order on the rest.

The Biden administration “does not” want to comply with the federal judge’s order to publish the memo on whether former President Donald Trump obstructed justice during the Russia investigation.

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