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William Barr Referred For Investigation Over His Role In Ukraine Affair

From day one, U.S. Attorney General William Barr has placed his loyalty to President Donald Trump’s personal political interests above his responsibilities to the American people to uphold the Constitution, the law, and ethical principles.

Now, a non-partisan government accountability watchdog is calling for an investigation into Barr’s role in the Ukraine affair after new evidence has come to light about the extent of his involvement to protect Trump.

“Based on information that has come to light during and after Trump’s impeachment trial,” the latest complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is focused on Barr’s “oversight of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint which appears to be part of a larger pattern of conduct to place Trump’s personal political interests above the Constitution, laws, and ethical principles,” a press release announcing the complaint says.

Filed with Acting Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Jeffrey Ragsdale and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the 11-page complaint requests a “review” to conclude if Barr’s “failure to recuse resulted in” DOJ “mishandling” the initial intelligence community whistleblower complaint that eventually snowballed into the failed impeachment-and-removal drama.

“An investigation is necessary to determine if Attorney General Barr’s failure to recuse not only violated applicable ethics laws and regulations, but also whether his involvement compromised the integrity and independence of DOJ’s inquiry into the whistleblower complaint,” CREW’s filing argues.

The Wednesday complaint comes on the heels of a previous letter addressed to both Horowitz and Ragsdale in October of last year which detailed a laundry list of concerns about Barr’s impartiality—and alleged lack thereof.

“With new reports that Attorney General Barr was “on the team” of those involved with the Ukraine Pressure Campaign and had been consulted by Mr. Bolton about Mr. Giuliani’s conduct and the Ukraine Pressure Campaign, it is imperative that your offices fully investigate Attorney General Barr’s participation in the whistleblower complaint and related DOJ matters to determine whether he violated applicable ethics laws and regulations,” the complaint says.

“Your offices should further review whether Attorney General Barr’s conduct compromised DOJ’s decision-making process and undermined the integrity and independence expected of our nation’s principal law enforcement agency,” it added.

Read the full complaint below:

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