House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that Attorney General William Barr has “gone rogue,” and that he has been for a long time now, accusing him of an attempted “cover-up” of the whistleblower complaint that has led to an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
“He’s gone rogue,” Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” after host Joe Scarborough asked if she was concerned that the country’s institutions could fail due to Barr’s behavior.
“I think where they are going is the cover-up of the cover-up, and that’s very really sad for them. To have a Justice Department go so rogue, they have been for a while, and now it just makes matters worse,” said Pelosi, faulting Barr for instructing the director of national intelligence to bring the whistleblower complaint to the White House.
Exactly what they are covering up is unclear since the White House released the full unredacted transcript of the phone call as well as the whistleblowers complaint. It seems to be nothing more than the talking point that Pelosi wants to spread.
Speaker Pelosi says on AG Barr: "He's gone rogue … I think where they are going is the cover up of the cover up, and that's very really sad for them. To have a Justice Department go so rogue … now it just makes matters worse." pic.twitter.com/l6jhF1UzjJ
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 27, 2019
House Democrats are trying to move the impeachment process quickly, with reports indicating lawmakers could file articles of impeachment before year’s end.
The impeachment frenzy comes after the public release of both the whistleblower’s complaint and a transcript of the July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump requested that Ukraine investigate the Biden family.
During the course of the telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump brought up Biden stopping the prosecution and said “a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the attorney general [William Barr] would be great.”
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said on the call, according to the memo released by the White House. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”
House Democrats have argued this amounts to asking a foreign country to meddle in the upcoming 2020 election and used it as their basis for the impeachment inquiry.
Biden has been leading in the polls for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination until recently, and the Democrats investigation seems to be hurting Biden to the point that he will not be the Democrat presidential nominee.
Interestingly enough, the House launched unofficial impeachment proceedings against Trump, even before the White House published a declassified transcript of the call on Wednesday,