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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday accused Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump MORE of going "rogue" in his efforts to protect President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren 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.