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 NadlerThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrStone judge under pressure over calls for new trial The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Congress eyes killing controversial surveillance program MORE to recuse himself from overseeing any Justice Department involvement in the growing scandal over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket 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: Bloomberg 'jeopardized' stop and frisk by 'overusing it' Giuliani asked for post-9/11 mayoral election to be canceled so he could stay in office: book House panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance 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 PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial 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.