Democratic lawmaker says Trump call with Ukraine leader put national security 'at risk'

Rep. Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderHarris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller Palestinians face shrinking options with Trump peace plan Illinois lawmaker latest to endorse Biden for president MORE (D-Ill.) warned Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpChanges in policies, not personalities, will improve perception of corruption in the US Union leader: Bloomberg can go all the way Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE’s conversation with Ukraine’s leader, in which Trump urged him to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren highlights work with Obama, Harry Reid in new Nevada ad Biden on Univision: Deporting 3 million 'was a big mistake' Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE, poses a “risk” to U.S. national security interests.

“The president abused the power of his office,” the Illinois lawmaker told Hill.TV. “He put at risk our national security interests as well as our foreign policy objectives for his own personal and political gain.”

Schneider said he initially called for an impeachment inquiry over the summer following the release of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia report, but that the latest revelation surrounding Trump’s alleged misconduct only intensifies the seriousness of the need to take action.

"The new allegations — the Ukraine story — in and of itself is an entirely different lane and an entirely higher level," he told Hill.TV.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' Trump quotes NY Times article citing Emerson quote about going after the 'king' Overnight Health Care: Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements | Pelosi's staff huddles with aides on surprise billing | Senate Dems pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit MORE (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump following reports that the president had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into Biden and his son Hunter.

The White House released a partial transcript of the July 25 phone call on Wednesday. The document confirmed the request made by Trump and revealed that he encouraged Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDonald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim Federal prosecutors advanced Giuliani-linked probe as impeachment concluded: report Moderate Democrats now in a race against the clock MORE.

House and Senate Intelligence committee members on Wednesday got their first look at the whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s call with the Ukraine leader.

The document, which was declassified late Wednesday and released on Thursday, alleges that Trump sought to enlist Ukraine’s help in the 2020 election by launching a corruption investigation into Biden and his son.

Trump, meanwhile, has denied any wrongdoing and downplayed his communications with Ukraine.

—Tess Bonn