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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said he will back whatever decision House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (D-Calif.) makes on impeachment, just as news broke that Pelosi will support the launch of impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 DurbinTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 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 BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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.