William Barr, for now, avoids Democrats’ impeachment scrutiny

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The Justice Department seems like a natural target for the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry: The attorney general’s name was mentioned in the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and Trump pressed the Ukrainians to work with Barr and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on investigating what Trump claims are corruption allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

And the Justice Department produced legal guidance that blocked a whistleblower complaint on the Ukraine call from being shared with Congress, while also publicly announcing that the President hadn’t committed a crime in his interactions, a decision that came after only narrowly looking at possible campaign finance violations.

Democrats, instead, have turned their investigative targets elsewhere, mostly on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the White House and the State Department,…

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