The Justice Department did not comment when reached by CNN on Wednesday.
The department also released a legal memo on why the intelligence community’s inspector general was not required to turn over a whistleblower complaint to Congress.
Despite efforts to publicly declare the matter as case closed, it is clear that the Ukraine interactions and the role of Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal lawyer, are still at the heart of an investigation led by federal prosecutors in New York.
Barr and Trump continue to have a good relationship, people close to the administration told the Post, while acknowledging that the department has at times positioned itself against the White House of late.
People close to Barr told the paper that the attorney general, though a backer of presidential power, has acknowledged the possibility of having to assert his department’s autonomy.
“My take is that Barr hasn’t changed one bit, that he has had a healthy distance from the beginning,” a person close to the administration told the Post. “He knows the parameters of the relationship between a President and an AG.”