Schumer distances himself from Trump impeachment calls
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.) is keeping his distance from calls by some rank-and-file Democrats to impeach President Trump. 

"My view is we need a thorough investigation and we need to get all the facts and then we'll come to conclusions. Our step now is to get a thorough investigation," Schumer said on Tuesday.  
 
He added that a "thorough investigation" included getting a transcript of Trump's meeting with top Russian officials, hearing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee moving forward with its investigation into Russia's election interference. 
 
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Schumer said from the Senate floor on Tuesday that Trump should urge his administration to release a transcript of his meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, where he allegedly discussed classified information, if he "has nothing to hide." 
 
"I am calling on the White House to make a transcript of the meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador available to the congressional Intelligence Committees as soon as possible," Schumer said. 
 
House Democratic leaders have tried to tamp down on calls for impeachment even some rank-and-file members are calling for the step. 
 
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) became the first Democrat to explicitly endorse impeaching Trump on Monday.  
 
Schumer — who noted that "every member is entitled to his or her own opinion" — has focused on trying to get Republican lawmakers to back a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's election in the 2016 election and any ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 
 
"We need more of our Republican colleagues to speak out. This is not normal behavior. This is not how a White House should operate," he told reporters on Tuesday.