President Donald Trump in the White House, December 2018.
President Donald Trump in the White House, December 2018.

The Justice Department decided not to investigate President Donald Trump for committing a potential campaign finance violation by asking Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

DOJ’s Criminal Division, according to a statement Wednesday from Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec, “reviewed the official record of the call and determined, based on the facts and applicable law, that there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted.” She said that all “relevant components of the Department agreed with this legal conclusion, and the Department has concluded the matter.”

Kupec said that Attorney General William Barr was first notified of the July 25 call several weeks after it took place, and that Trump had not spoken to Barr “about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son.”

The Justice Department also released an Office of Legal Counsel opinion finding that a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call was not an “urgent concern” and was not required to be transmitted to congressional intelligence committees.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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