Pelosi warns Trump: 'You're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP MORE (D-Calif.) said she has warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE that he's in her "wheelhouse" when he attempts to "intimidate" a government whistleblower who helped spark the House impeachment inquiry. 

"I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower," Pelosi said in an interview airing on CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday morning. "I told the president you're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower."

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A whistleblower complaint accusing Trump of seeking to get Ukraine to open investigations into 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE and his son Hunter Biden led Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment inquiry in late September. In the subsequent weeks, Trump has repeatedly questioned the whistleblower's credibility and pushed for the disclosure of their name. 

Earlier this month, he called on the media to disseminate the whistleblower's identity. The figure's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to the White House just days later asking Trump to stop attacking their client. 

Pelosi in the CBS interview stressed how important it was for lawmakers to protect the whistleblower's identity. 

"This is really important, especially when it comes to intelligence, that someone who would be courageous enough to point out truth to power and then through the filter of a Trump-appointed inspector general who found it of urgent concern and then took it to the next steps," she said, adding that Trump will have every opportunity to present his case amid the inquiry. 

"The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants," Pelosi continued, referencing complaints from Trump and some Republicans that the impeachment process has been conducted unfairly. "He has every opportunity to present his case."

Pelosi also argued that Trump's alleged crimes were worse than those of former President Nixon, who resigned before the House voted on articles of impeachment. 

"It's really a sad thing. I mean, what the president did was so much worse than even what Richard Nixon did," she said, echoing remarks she made last week. 

The House's impeachment inquiry is centered around allegations that Trump pushed Ukraine to open political investigations and that he used millions of dollars in military aid as leverage in the negotiations. 

The House Intelligence Committee last week heard public depositions from three current and former administration officials as part of the probe.