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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday accused Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE of going "rogue" in his efforts to protect President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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 BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump 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.