Beryl Howell just partially unsealed an opinion she wrote on August 28, permitting DOJ to access some attorney’s communications in a bribery-for-pardon scheme. It’s unclear who the targets of the investigation are — though their names are too short to be Rudy Giuliani.
But one thing is clear: Judge Howell asked DOJ to tell her whether the opinion could be unsealed.
The order associated with that opinion directed the government to submit a “report advising whether any portions of the accompanying Memorandum Opinion may be unsealed to the public in whole or in part and, if so, proposing any redactions.”
DOJ did not respond until November 25, and in their response, they asked her to keep the entire thing under seal.
On November 25, 2020, the government submitted a status report requesting that the Court “maintain the Memorandum Opinion under seal” because it “identifies both individuals and conduct that have not been charged by the grand jury” and declining to suggest any redactions for a publicly available version.
She made them go line by line to get the redactions issued with this opinion.
So basically Barr hid that someone tried to bribe Trump for a pardon through the entire election.
Update: Howell gave them 90 days so Barr didn’t intentionally hold it.