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 SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said he supports Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE’s (D-Calif.) decision to hold back on a formal impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 MurrayDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Biz groups say Warren labor plan would be disaster Freedom of the press under fire in Colorado 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 nixes release of multiple reports over researcher exodus Schumer throws support behind Pelosi impeachment inquiry Senate Democrats hesitant to go all-in on impeachment probe 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 MerkleyDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Democratic senator on Trump's 'treason' comments about whistleblower: 'I worry about threats on his or her life' Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski 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 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.”