House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused Attorney General William Barr of going “rogue” as she stressed that there “is no cause for any joy” in launching an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
Pelosi claimed during an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Barr was part of a White House “cover-up” of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump sought a probe of Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“He’s gone rogue,” said Pelosi (D-Calif.). “I think where they’re going is a cover-up of a cover-up.”
She added: “I think it’s sad, to have a Justice Department go so rogue. Well, they have been for a while. And now it just makes matters worse.”
In her first sit-down interview after she announced that the House would launch an impeachment inquiry, Pelosi said that “this is a very sad time for our country.”
“We have to put country before party very clearly in the public view,” she said. “This is as serious as it gets when it comes to protecting the Constitution of the United States.”
The speaker added that Trump “gave us no choice” but to launch the inquiry because the actions of his administration were “jeopardizing national security” and “jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.”
Pelosi stressed that she would like to keep the inquiry narrowly focused on the Ukraine scandal.
“I think we have to stay focused as the public is concerned. That the president of the United States used taxpayer dollars to shake down the leader of another country for his own political gain,” she said.
Asked if the inquiry might be wrapped up before the end of the year, Pelosi said only that her party would “move with purpose and expeditiously — but not hastily.”
“Looking at the material the administration is giving us, they are actually speeding up the process,” she said.
After months of resisting calls to launch impeachment proceedings, Pelosi on Tuesday announced the beginning of the formal inquiry amid revelations of Trump’s apparent efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden and his son.
During the president’s July 25 call, Trump prodded Zelensky to reach out to the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Barr.
A summary of the conversation released by the White House on Wednesday showed that Trump asked Zelensky to look into why Ukraine’s top prosecutor apparently had ended a probe of the business dealings of Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
On Thursday, a complaint by a whistleblower who believed Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 election was released to the public.
In her interview Friday, Pelosi said she was praying for the embattled president.
“I pray for the president all the time. I pray for the safety of his family, wish that he would pray for the safety of other families and do something courageous on guns,” she said.
“But I also pray that God will illuminate him to see right from wrong. It’s very problematic,” she added.
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