Top Senate Democrat backs impeachment inquiry

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats introduce bill to reverse Trump's shift of military money toward wall Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (D-Ill.) said on Tuesday the House should move forward with an impeachment inquiry in the wake of a whistleblower complaint reportedly tied to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE's actions toward Ukraine, becoming the highest ranking Senate Democrat to back the start of proceedings.
 
"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 MurrayLawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Public health experts raise alarm as coronavirus spreads Overnight Health Care: Senate panel to hold hearing on US coronavirus response | Dems demand Trump withdraw religious provider rule | Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan backlash MORE (D-Wash.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOn The Money: GAO to investigate Trump aid for farmers | Bloomberg calls for bolstering Dodd-Frank | Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes GAO launches investigation into Trump aid for farmers Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength 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 SchumerBiden win in South Carolina could turn tide, say strategists Sanders blasts Trump for picking 'completely unqualified' Pence for coronavirus response Trump passes Pence a dangerous buck 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 GiulianiWanna beat Sanders? Hope he wins South Carolina Giuliani: Bloomberg 'jeopardized' stop and frisk by 'overusing it' Giuliani asked for post-9/11 mayoral election to be canceled so he could stay in office: book MORE attempted to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump surveys South Carolina supporters on preferred Democratic opponent Watch live: Trump holds a rally in South Carolina Biden, Klobuchar to address AIPAC via video MORE or his son. 
 
The reports have fueled new pressure in the House for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi blasts Trump pick: He has shown 'clear disrespect' for intel community Appeals court rules House can't sue to enforce McGahn subpoena House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products 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."