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 wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Clyburn threatens to end in-person coronavirus committee hearings if Republicans won't wear masks MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE to recuse himself from overseeing any Justice Department involvement in the growing scandal over President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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 BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham 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 GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down 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 PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' 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.