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House Judiciary Chair Nadler demands Attorney General Barr recuse himself after Ukraine transcript release

Attorney General William Barr is in the thick of it now.

The White House memorandum logging a rough transcript of the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reveals that Trump suggested he would have both Barr and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani call Zelensky to discuss investigations involving former Vice President Joe Biden's son, as well as Crowdstrike, the firm the Democratic National Convention hired to look into the Russian hacking of its email list in 2016.

The Justice Department was quick to deny the attorney general has interacted with Ukraine or Trump about the Bidens or "any subject," for that matter. The department's statement also denied that Barr ever spoke with Giuliani about "anything relating to Ukraine."

That's not good enough for some people, however, including House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who demanded Barr recuse himself "until we get to the bottom of this matter."

Of course, the last time an attorney general recused himself, it didn't turn out so well.