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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 NadlerPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr told Trump that theories about stolen election were 'bulls---': report Justice Dept. blasts Mexico's decision to close probe of former defense minister Acting attorney general condemns Capitol riots, warns 'no tolerance' for violence at Biden inauguration MORE to recuse himself from overseeing any Justice Department involvement in the growing scandal over President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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 BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil 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 GiulianiGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Giuliani won't be part of Trump defense at Senate trial Juan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump 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 PelosiWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Conspiracies? Let's investigate this one FBI investigating whether woman took Pelosi laptop, tried to sell it to Russians 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.