Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused Attorney General William Barr of going “rogue” in his efforts to protect President Trump from the fallout over a whistleblower complaint related to Trump’s conversations with the president of Ukraine.
During the interview, Pelosi argued that Barr was part of a White House “cover-up” of Trump’s call to Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump asked Zelensky about the possibility of launching an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.
“He’s gone rogue,” Pelosi said. “I think where they’re going is a cover-up of a cover-up.”
“I think it’s sad, to have a Justice Department go so rogue,” she continued. “Well, they have been for a while. And now it just makes matters worse.”
The Speaker’s comments on MSNBC were her first in a sit-down interview since announcing Tuesday that the House would launch an impeachment inquiry into Trump over his conversations with Zelensky, which Democrats argue show clear evidence that Trump attempted to pressure Ukraine’s president into launching an investigation into Biden after speaking about possible military aid to the country.
Speaker Pelosi says on AG Barr: "He's gone rogue … I think where they are going is the cover up of the cover up, and that's very really sad for them. To have a Justice Department go so rogue … now it just makes matters worse." pic.twitter.com/l6jhF1UzjJ
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 27, 2019
Pelosi’s comments come as public support for impeachment gains momentum. A new poll by YouGov found that the majority of Americans support impeaching the president following the whistleblower scandal that revealed the president tried to obtain dirt on presidential candidate Joe Biden from the Ukrainian government.
On Friday, over 300 former U.S. national security and foreign policy officials signed an open letter calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.