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Democratic senator calls for House to begin impeachment inquiry

Democratic senator calls for House to begin impeachment inquiry
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySweeping election reform bill faces Senate buzz saw Kabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits Sen. Murphy calls for Yemen's Houthis to accept ceasefire following trip to Middle East MORE (D-Conn.) is calling for the House to begin an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE in the wake of a whistleblower complaint reportedly linked to the president.

Murphy, in a statement on Tuesday, said he had previously been reluctant to back an impeachment inquiry but "the seriousness of the moment requires all of us to speak out in order to preserve our nation’s commitment to the rule of law.”

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"It is now my belief that the House of Representatives must begin an impeachment inquiry into the president’s corrupt efforts to press a foreign nation into the service of his reelection campaign," he added.

As part of that inquiry, Murphy said, House lawmakers "should take steps" to force the administration's hand over a whistleblower complaint reportedly involving Trump and Ukraine and should investigate the president's actions.

"If, as it appears Mr. Trump has already acknowledged, the president violated his oath of office by using the constitutional powers entrusted to him to try to destroy a political rival, then the president must be impeached," Murphy added.

Murphy's statement comes after he signaled on Tuesday that he could be shifting on impeachment, telling reporters in Hartford, Conn., that he was going to give "some serious thought to my position on this matter in the coming days."

The whistleblower complaint and reports that Trump or his lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Michael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump MORE attempted to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE or his son have fueled calls from Democrats for the House to formally begin an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Trump appeared to acknowledge on Sunday that he had discussed Joe Biden on the call with Zelensky. But he said on Monday that he did not threaten to withhold aid to Ukraine unless they investigated the Biden family.

A group of seven freshman House Democrats penned an op-ed in The Washington Post, published on Monday night, in which they said the allegations against Trump, if true, would be an impeachable offense.

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzFinancial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted Democrats face big headaches on Biden's T spending plan Democrats introduce bill to give hotels targeted relief MORE (D-Hawaii) on Monday night also called for the House to "formalize and accelerate the impeachment process."

“This isn’t just essential for now, but so that no future president of either party believes that it is possible, practicable, or wise to defy the law, Congress’ constitutional role, and the American people.”