NYC Bar Association Calls on Trump's AG William Barr to Recuse Himself—or Resign

The New York City Bar Association on Wednesday publicly called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to immediately recuse himself from any further Department of Justice processes related to the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration’s controversial dealings with Ukraine.

In a statement by the NYCBA, which boasts nearly 25,000 lawyers and law school members in the major metropolis, the association said that by failing to recuse up to this point Barr has “undermined” his “unique role in safeguarding the rule of law” and his sworn duty to the U.S. Constitution.

“To help remedy that failure,” reads the statement, “the New York City Bar Association urges that Mr. Barr recuse himself from any ongoing or future review by DOJ of Ukraine-related issues in which Mr. Barr is allegedly involved. If he fails to do so, he should resign or, failing that, be subject to sanctions, including possible removal, by Congress.”

According to New York Law Journal:

The statement aimed at Barr comes as Trump himself comes under intensifying scrutiny over his request for assistance from the Ukraine government to dig up dirt on the Bidens, including “bombshell” testimony on Tuesday by career diplomat Bill Taylor who confirmed in sworn testimony to congressional lawmakers that foreign assistance was held up by the White House until the Ukrainian government announced publicly that a probe into the former vice president and his son was being launched.

A new Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday showed that public approval for impeachment has reached a new high of 55% nationwide.

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