Pelosi: Attorney general 'has gone rogue' to protect Trump

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday accused Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDemocratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Maduro pushes back on DOJ charges, calls Trump 'racist cowboy' DOJ charges Venezuela's Maduro with drug trafficking MORE of going "rogue" in his efforts to protect President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE from the fallout over a whistleblower complaint related to Trump's conversations with the president of Ukraine.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 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 BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE.

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"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.

Republicans and allies of the White House have argued that a readout of the call shows no improper influence exerted by Trump over the issue, and the White House has blasted Democrats for moving to impeachment proceedings over the issue.

More than 220 Democrats in the House say they back an impeachment inquiry, more than the 218 needed to impeach the president.