The California Democrat also believes former Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr, as well as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, should testify before Congress.
“What the administration did, the Justice Department, the leadership of the former president goes even beyond Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon had a list of enemies. This is about undermining the state of right, “Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday on” The State of the Union. “
In 2018, prosecutors in the Trump administration’s Justice Department subpoenaed Apple to obtain data from the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ accounts as well as their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation. Attorneys reportedly searched for the sources behind the reports about contacts between Russia and Trump’s associates. Representatives Adam Schiff, who chairs the committee, and Eric Swalwell of California have revealed they are being targeted.
Pelosi expressed disbelief on Sunday that Sessions, Barr and Rosenstein were not aware of such activity within the Department of Justice.
“How can it be that there is an investigation into members of the other branch of government and the press and so on, and the attorneys general didn’t know? So who are these people? And are they- are they still in the Department of Justice? ” she said. “It’s just out of the question – it doesn’t matter who the president is, whatever the party, it can’t be so.”
When asked by Bash on Sunday about the possibility of subpoenaing all three former Trump Justice officials, Pelosi said she hoped “they will want to honor the rule of law” before the House has to. consider this measure.
Biden DOJ faces criticism
Later appearing on “State of the Union,” Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York took aim at the Justice Department under President Joe Biden, saying a number of recent departmental actions have prevented it. to be as “transformational” as some hoped.
Ocasio-Cortez continued, “While I think the (department’s) focus on voting rights is appreciated, we don’t see a transformational DOJ that I think people have been looking forward to. And that’s something. which deserves a lot more questions. ”
This story has been updated with additional comments from Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez, and background information.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz, Pamela Brown, Devan Cole and Erica Orden contributed to this report.