Schumer says he will back Pelosi's impeachment decision

Schumer says he will back Pelosi's impeachment decision
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said he will back whatever decision House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit MORE (D-Calif.) makes on impeachment, just as news broke that Pelosi will support the launch of impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE.

A growing number of Schumer’s leadership team has called for Trump’s impeachment, but Schumer has been careful not to get ahead of Pelosi, with whom he consults frequently. 

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“I speak regularly with Leader Pelosi. I spoke to her last night and again twice this morning. As I’ve said before, I believe she is handling this appropriately and she has my support,” Schumer told reporters.

Just as Schumer was making his comments, news broke that Pelosi plans to announce later Tuesday that she supports a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.

"As soon as we have the facts, we’re ready," Pelosi said Tuesday at the Atlantic Festival. "Now we have the facts, we’re ready ... for later today."

Faced with polls showing that a majority of Americans do not support impeachment proceedings, Schumer and Pelosi have for months resisted pressure from liberals to move forward with articles of impeachment.

Asked if he is worried about a political backlash, Schumer said, “The bottom line is I think Speaker Pelosi is handling it correctly.”

More than 160 House Democrats say they support launching an impeachment inquiry.

And Schumer’s top deputies also support moving ahead with impeachment.

The latest to endorse a more aggressive approach against Trump was Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Feinstein 'surprised and taken aback' by suggestion she's not up for Supreme Court fight Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death MORE (D-Ill.).

Durbin said a recent whistleblower complaint to the intelligence community’s inspector general reportedly alleging that Trump made a promise to a foreign leader was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

"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 reporters earlier Tuesday.

Democrats suspect Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate corruption allegations against Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE’s son.

"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," Durbin added.