Top Senate Democrat backs impeachment inquiry

 
"I think the House has to initiate an impeachment inquiry as a means of securing the documents and witnesses necessary to understand the whole story, and particularly the latest chapter involving Ukraine," Durbin told a small group of reporters. 
 
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"I believe we're headed for a confrontation with the Trump administration when it comes to the evidence that is needed to pursue this impeachment inquiry and ultimately that will be resolved in the Supreme Court as I see it. So I believe an official inquiry that sets the stage for that issue to be resolved needs to be started," he added. 
 
Durbin, the No. 2 Democratic senator, is the highest ranking Senate Democrat to support an impeachment inquiry. Sens. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Senate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban MORE (D-Wash.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOvernight Energy: EPA delays board's review of 'secret science' rules | Keystone pipeline spill affecting more land than thought | Dems seek probe into Forest Service grants tied to Alaska logging Democrats ask for investigation of Forest Service grant related to logging in Tongass National Forest Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda MORE (D-Mich.), the No. 3 and No. 4 Senate Democrats, said in July that they would support an impeachment inquiry. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill Overnight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary MORE (D-N.Y.) hasn't yet thrown his support behind the effort. 
 
Durbin's comments come as a growing number of Senate Democrats are throwing their support behind impeachment proceedings in some form in the wake of the whistleblower complaint and reports that Trump or his lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings GOP senator calls impeachment 'sabotage' effort, raises questions about witness on eve of testimony Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week MORE attempted to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage MORE or his son. 
 
The reports have fueled new pressure in the House for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran MORE (D-Calif.) to back an impeachment effort. House Democrats are expected to meet later Tuesday afternoon, where they are expected to discuss the whistleblower complaint among other topics. 
 
Durbin, on Tuesday, predicted that the House would ultimately move on impeachment. 
 
"I think this may be the straw that broke the camel's back." he said. "I think now we have to move forward."