Schumer backs up Pelosi's resistance to impeachment inquiry

Schumer backs up Pelosi's resistance to impeachment inquiry
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said he supports Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored MORE’s (D-Calif.) decision to hold back on a formal impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE, despite growing support from members of his leadership team for impeachment proceedings.

“I believe that Speaker Pelosi is handling this appropriately,” Schumer said when asked if he would change his position and support the launch of impeachment proceedings after one of his top deputies, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democrats demand Trump officials withdraw rule on transgender health The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (D-Wash.), called for a formal House impeachment inquiry Sunday.

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Murray is the third-ranking member of Senate Democratic leadership, and her call for House impeachment proceedings was immediately followed Monday by Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowUSDA cuts payments promised to researchers as agency uproots to Kansas City USDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency USDA office move may have broken law, watchdog says MORE (D-Mich.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee chairwoman, in doing the same.

Schumer, however, has been careful not to undercut Pelosi’s resistance to a formal impeachment inquiry, despite pressure from within his own caucus.

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility Senate Dem seeks answers from DHS on reports of pregnant asylum seekers sent back to Mexico Schumer backs Pelosi as impeachment roils caucus MORE (D-Ore.), one of a dozen Senate Democrats who back formal impeachment proceedings, said Tuesday that Murray’s announcement over the weekend was a major development.

“I think it’s very helpful. It adds to the momentum,” he said. “There are multiple — more than 10 cases of obstruction, four of which [provide] really powerful substantial evidence.”

Merkley called former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s report on Trump’s possible collusion with Russian agents in the 2016 election and alleged efforts to obstruct justice “a portrait in criminality.”