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Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that she believes Attorney General Bill Barr has "gone rogue" with his handling of the controversy regarding the Trump administration's interactions with Ukraine.

The big picture: Pelosi bemoaned the fact that acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire, who testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, decided to hand over the whistleblower complaint to Barr's Justice Department before giving it to Congress.

  • That occurred because Maguire said he was worried that President Trump's phone calls with a foreign leader could fall under the umbrella of executive privilege.
  • The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel ultimately determined that the matter was not of "urgent concern" — as is statutorily defined — and did not have to be forwarded to Congress.

Worth noting: Barr is a key player in the controversy, given the fact that Trump said he would have the attorney general contact Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during their July phone call.

What Pelosi said:

"This is my wheelhouse, as I said to the president. 25 years of experience in intelligence. ... I was there when we wrote the whistleblower laws. I was there when we wrote the law establishing the office of the director of national intelligence. That's only since 2004."

Go deeper ... Acting DNI Joseph Maguire: Whistleblower "did the right thing"

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Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."

Stephen Breyer formally announces retirement from Supreme Court

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden formally announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court.

State of play: Breyer said his retirement will take effect when the court "rises for the summer recess (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed."

COVID created an epic U.S. trade gap

Chart: Axios Visuals. Data: Census Bureau/Bureau of Economic Analysis

The details of the blockbuster fourth quarter GDP report released Thursday morning tell a vivid story of how the underpinnings of the world economy have been reshaped by the pandemic.

One example: In the arithmetic around U.S. economic output, trade acted as a more severe drag last year than it has in a generation.