Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are demanding that Attorney General William Barr recuse himself on all matters relating to Ukraine.
All ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to Barr:
We urge you to recuse yourself from investigations into the Trump Ukraine matters, including any investigations involving Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, or Igor Fruman, as well as investigations into the origins of the Russia investigation.
Federal ethics guidelines prohibit federal employees from participating in any matter in which their impartiality could be questioned, including matters in which they were personally involved or about which they have personal knowledge. [5 C.F.R. § 2635.502; Justice Manual § 1-4.020]. Previous Attorneys General have sought the counsel of the relevant senior career Department officials to determine whether they should recuse themselves from matters where their impartiality might reasonably be questioned.
The White House’s memorandum of President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky suggests that you may have personal knowledge or involvement in President Trump’s requests that Ukraine pursue investigations to serve the President’s personal political interests. During that phone call, President Trump referenced you by name or title at least five times, including mentioning you in tandem with Rudy Giuliani three times. [Call Summary at 3-5].
This raises legitimate questions about your knowledge of the activities of Mr. Giuliani and others, as well as the actions that you have taken and your discussions with the President and White House about these investigations.
The Attorney General of the United States is corrupt.
No action or statement from Barr can be trusted or taken at face value. Barr is conflicted because he is involved in Trump’s Ukraine scheme.
The impeachment hurricane surrounding Donald Trump has allowed William Barr to fade into the background, which should be allowed to happen. Barr should nothing to do with any prosecutions involving the Ukraine scandal.
Trump isn’t the only person who should be facing impeachment. A compelling case can be made that the corruption of William Barr is an impeachable offense.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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