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NYC Bar calls for AG Barr to recuse himself from Ukraine dealings

NYC Bar calls for AG Barr to recuse himself from Ukraine dealings
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The New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) on Wednesday urged Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani considers launching impeachment podcast The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week Impeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship MORE to recuse himself from any future or current Department of Justice review regarding the Trump administration's conduct with the Ukrainian government.

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"We hope that Mr. Barr will act promptly to remedy, at least in part, his prior failure to recuse himself from the Ukraine Matter," the association said in a statement.

The NYCBA continued, "If he fails either to recuse himself or to resign, Mr. Barr should be subject to appropriate Congressional sanctions, including possible removal from office, in order to restore the Office of the Attorney General and the DOJ to their historic roles as defender of the law on behalf of the American people."

Barr was mentioned in the whistleblower complaint that centered around President TrumpDonald John TrumpTariffs threaten 1.5M jobs: study Tariffs threaten 1.5m jobs: Study Trump says he'll meet with dictators if it helps the US MORE's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksky. The complaint became the catalyst for the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry launched last month. 

Specifically, the whistleblower alleges that Trump told Zelensky that Barr would be in contact to speak further about Zelensky opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBarr to launch anti-gun violence initiative during public impeachment hearing Biden will always represent the 'safety candidate,' says Democratic strategist Biden campaign rolls out endorsements from 133 foreign policy officials MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

The spokesperson for the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to The Hill for comment.