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 SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday declined to endorse Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE’s (R-Mich.) comments that it’s clear from the redacted Mueller report that President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' 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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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 PelosiNews media's sausage-making obsession helps no one Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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.