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 NadlerSchumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates What Attorney General Barr really said about justice Pelosi: House will use 'every arrow in our quiver' to stop Trump Supreme Court nominee MORE to recuse himself from overseeing any Justice Department involvement in the growing scandal over President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards 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 BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? 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 GiulianiDemocrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Grand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates 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 PelosiAs families deal with coronavirus, new federal dollars should follow the student Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates Hypocrisy rules on both sides over replacing Justice Ginsburg 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.