Democratic senator calls on House to form impeachment committee

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that the House should start a committee to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE.

“I am calling today for a House Select Committee to investigate and move forward with impeachment proceedings against the President. I reached this decision with sadness, but also anger,” Blumenthal said in a statement. 

“Congress must demand accountability," he added. "At this moment, the threat to the rule of law and our democracy has reached a new height and requires all of us to step forward.”

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Blumenthal is the latest Senate Democrat to back impeachment proceedings, in some form, in the wake of reports that Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiVoters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell Trump says Christie, Giuliani assisting debate prep MORE tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee MORE or his son. 

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGOP online donor platform offering supporters 'Notorious A.C.B.' shirts Democratic senator calls for 'more flexible' medical supply chain to counter pandemics The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Conn.) also called for the House to start an impeachment inquiry over the whistleblower complaint. 

Neither Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Biden refuses to say whether he would support expanding Supreme Court Schumer says Trump tweet shows court pick meant to kill off ObamaCare MORE (D-N.Y.) nor Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinHarris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee Trump, GOP aim to complete reshaping of federal judiciary The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell MORE (D-Ill.) have taken a position in the wake of the whistleblower complaint. 

House Democrats are expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss next steps as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAirline industry applauds Democrats for including aid in coronavirus relief package Democrats unveil scaled-down .2T coronavirus relief package Trump tax reveal roils presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) faces growing pressure to formally start impeachment proceedings.