Schumer declines to endorse Amash's comments on 'impeachable conduct' by Trump

Schumer declines to endorse Amash's comments on 'impeachable conduct' by Trump
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Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday declined to endorse Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy Amash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' Romney: Bolton firing 'a huge loss' for nation MORE’s (R-Mich.) comments that it’s clear from the redacted Mueller report that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE engaged in “impeachable conduct.”

Schumer stuck to his position that Democrats need to collect more information before making a decision on impeachment when asked about Amash’s argument that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE’s redacted report reveals that Trump obstructed justice and should be removed.

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“My view is that we ought to get all the facts out, the way the House is doing now with Leader Pelosi,” he said, referring to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE's (D-Calif.) resistance to impeachment calls in the House.

“If you have a little patience all the information will come out and then decisions will be made,” he said.

Schumer predicted that federal courts will back up House subpoenas for key witnesses and documents, such as Trump’s tax returns. 

“The courts, I think will be on our side,” he said.

But Schumer declined to say whether he agreed with Amash's weekend comments.

The Libertarian-leaning fourth-term Republican became the first Republican in the house to support impeachment proceedings against the president, arguing over the weekend that “Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.” 

In a string of tweets, he argued that Mueller’s report “identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.”

But polls show there is little public appetite for an impeachment battle on Capitol Hill.

A CNN poll published earlier this month showed that only 37 percent of Americans favor impeachment proceedings against Trump while 59 percent oppose the idea.

Forty-four percent of the respondents said Democrats are going too far in their investigations of Trump, according to the survey.

Amash on Tuesday refused to rule out a third-party challenge to Trump in 2020.