Pelosi: Barr, Pompeo, Giuliani are Trump’s ‘henchmen’ who have ‘gone rogue’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday ripped top officials in President Trump’s Cabinet and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, saying they went “rogue” in aiding the president in his controversial dealings with Ukraine, sources said.
On a private conference call with rank-and-file House Democrats, Pelosi singled out Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Giuliani, calling them the president’s “henchmen” who carried out Trump’s orders and are helping him obstruct the Democrats’ impeachment investigation.
“Barr, Pompeo and Giuliani are henchmen. They have gone rogue,” Pelosi said on the call, according to two Democratic sources who listened in.
Congressional Democrats want Barr to testify after the revelation that Trump specifically mentioned the attorney general in a July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during which the president pressed Zelensky to investigate Trump’s chief Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he listened in on the Trump-Zelensky call. The secretary of State also has stonewalled House Democrats’ efforts to obtain from State Department officials documents and testimony related to Ukraine.
Giuliani, who was also named in the call, admitted that he met with Ukrainian officials, pressing them to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who had served on a board of a Ukrainian oil company.
Pelosi during Wednesday’s call said that Trump’s top aides are not acting like patriots and are not protecting America’s democracy from the president, the sources said.
“This is about the character of America,” Pelosi told her colleagues. “We must win the hearts and minds of the American people. We can’t let them take away the optimism of America.”