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 SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday declined to endorse Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSupreme Court set to deliver ruling on census citizenship question Democrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses DC theatre to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report MORE’s (R-Mich.) comments that it’s clear from the redacted Mueller report that President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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 PelosiThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise 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.