Nadler calls on Barr to recuse himself from Ukraine matter

Nadler calls on Barr to recuse himself from Ukraine matter
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Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler calls Trump a 'dictator' on Senate floor Poll: Majority think Senate should call witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Susan Collins asked Justice Roberts to intervene after Nadler late-night 'cover-up' accusation MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE to recuse himself from overseeing any Justice Department involvement in the growing scandal over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE’s dealings with Ukraine.

“The President dragged the Attorney General into this mess. At a minimum, AG Barr must recuse himself until we get to the bottom of this matter,” Nadler tweeted.

The call comes after the White House released a five-page memorandum of a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump said he would have Barr speak with Zelensky about opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE, a 2020 presidential candidate. 

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“There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said on the July 25 call. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it ... It sounds horrible to me.”

“I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I'm sure you will figure it out,” Trump added, referring to Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiParnas says he has turned over tape of Trump calling for diplomat's firing Pompeo explodes at NPR reporter, asks if she could find Ukraine on a map ABC: Recording apparently captures Trump discussing Yovanovitch ouster with Parnas, Fruman MORE, his personal lawyer.

The memorandum shows Trump asked Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating a natural gas company where board Biden's son sat in the board. No evidence has emerged that Biden was working with his son’s interests in mind. 

Democrats have sounded the alarm over Trump's request, with some alleging that the president may have leveraged military aid to Ukraine to pressure Zelensky into compliance.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE (D-Calif.) announced late Tuesday that the House would launch a formal impeachment investigation over the concerns. Six House committees that were already investigating the president will continue to do so and eventually funnel their findings to Nadler’s panel, which will ultimately decide whether to draw up articles of impeachment.