Pelosi Accuses U.S. Attorney General of Going ‘Rogue’ in Ukraine Case

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House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused U.S. Attorney General William Barr of going “rogue” in the Justice Department’s handling of a whistleblower complaint that President Donald Trump solicited a political favor from Ukraine’s president that could help him get re-elected.

The Democrat leader, who launched an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday against the Republican Trump, has accused the administration of trying to cover up the whistleblower complaint.

On Friday, she said Barr’s Justice Department had told the top U.S. intelligence official, Joseph Maguire, to inform the White House about the whistleblower report instead of first going to Congress, as the law requires.

“He’s gone rogue,” Pelosi said of Barr in an interview with MSNBC.

“I think where they’re going is a cover-up of the cover-up. And that’s really very sad for them. And to have a Justice Department go so rogue, well, they have been for a while,” she said.

Democrats say Barr should recuse himself from matters related to the whistleblower complaint prompted by a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

According to a summary of the call released by the White House, Trump asked Zelenskiy to work with Barr and his personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company when Biden was in office.

Biden is a leading candidate in the Democratic race to challenge Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.

Trump denies he pressured Zelenskiy to do anything improper and accuses Democrats of launching politically motivated investigation.

The Justice Department said this week that Trump never asked Barr to contact Ukraine and that Barr has not communicated with Ukraine about a possible investigation or any other subject. The department said Barr will not recuse himself from Ukraine-related investigations.

The complaint, which was made public on Thursday, described how White House officials removed an electronic record of Trump’s call with Zelenskiy from the computer server where such records are normally kept to one reserved for highly classified intelligence matters.

Democrats say the Ukraine reports raised serious concerns that Trump’s actions have jeopardized national security and the integrity of U.S. elections.

TRUMP CRITICISM

The impeachment inquiry is casting a new pall over Trump’s presidency just months after he emerged from the cloud cast by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether he colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.

Trump has reacted furiously, accusing Democrats of launching another “witch hunt.”

After saying on Thursday that whoever fed the whistleblower information were as good as spies, he said on Friday that the whistleblower may have been a lone wolf “partisan operative.”

Trump said on Twitter that “there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her?”

Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are pushing for testimony from as many as a dozen current and former White House aides who might be able to corroborate the account of the unidentified whistleblower.

House Intelligence Committee Democrats are also pushing to summon Barr and Giuliani, who has acted as a front-line defender and investigator for Trump in connection with the Ukraine controversy, sources said.

Three House committees said they would issue subpoenas to the White House and State Department as soon as Friday if the Trump administration missed a Thursday deadline to send a wide range of documents related to its dealings with Ukraine.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell, Patricia Zengerle, Mark Hosenball, Susan Heavey, Doina Chiacu and Makini Brice; Writing by Doina Chiacu, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Alistair Bell)

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General Confusion
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“Trump was completely within his LEGAL right…” Confused James NO president is within ANY right to request oppo research on a political opponent from a foreign country. When Al Gore was given stolen documents from George Bush, they refused to look at them before they turned them over to the F.B.I. That is integrity. King Donald The Loser has no integrity. He even said that he would look. “Why not?” Maybe because it is illegal? Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub released a statement in mid-June making it clear that candidates for public office may not receive help from a… Read more »

James
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>ALWAYS Confused, HE Sez< Trump was completely within his LEGAL right as Commander in Chief to ASK President Zelensky to "look into" (the WORD "investigate" was not in his conversation) the activities of Biden in VP Biden using American taxpayer paid aid money as LEVERAGE to have the prosecutor fired and the investigation into Hunter Biden's corruption terminated. IF YOU WOULD DO SOME RESEARCH, YOU would (doubtfully) learn of the TWENTY ONE YEAR (as in 21) old SIGNED AGREEMENT between our United States of America and Ukraine in which BOTH Nations AGREED (in writing and SIGNED by both Nation's) to… Read more »

WellHungChad
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Thanks for your legal opinion, General Dip$h!t, it means nothing. Meanwhile, the Ukraine government has been attempting to contact the DOJ since 2017 and was ignored until the Trump administration ( and AG Barr) came into power. Turns out the former Ukraine administration was pro-Hillary all along to counter Russian efforts. The recently elected Ukrainians have a crap load of documents supporting such, as well as Biden’s corruption intervention into their national interests. John Solomon has them all, many testified to under oath under the threat of perjury in their courts. The Democrats want to shut this off because it… Read more »

General Confusion
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Re: Barr “For what?” Confused James

For his part in the cover up, if nothing else.

According to a White House-released transcript of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump suggested four times that Barr speak to Zelensky. He also suggested Giuliani get in touch with Zelensky to research former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

Therefore AG Barr has to recuse himself from being involved in any sort of related investigation.

James
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How do you cover up manufactured, third handed hearsay? Wouldn’t it be best to just throw the so-called”report” in the trash? MORE wasted time and taxpayer over nothing; BUT, the Socialists have to kill time somehow until payday.

General Confusion
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AG Barr could be in very serious trouble pretty soon.

A couple of Nixon AGs ended up behind barrs (pardon my pun).

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