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Top Senate Democrat backs impeachment inquiry

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinAmerica's Jewish communities are under attack — Here are 3 things Congress can do Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel On The Money: Incomes, consumer spending soared in March | Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package | Biden cancels some border wall construction 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 TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments 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 MurraySchumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap House passes bill to combat gender pay gap MORE (D-Wash.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Overnight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? 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 SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan 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 GiulianiGiuliani lays off staffers: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report MORE attempted to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE or his son. 
 
The reports have fueled new pressure in the House for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women 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."