Here are the Senate Democrats backing a Trump impeachment inquiry over Ukraine call

Here are the Senate Democrats backing a Trump impeachment inquiry over Ukraine call
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Details of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE's phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll Karl Rove: 'Long way to go' for Sanders to capture nomination: 'The field is splintered' MORE, have led to a flurry of calls for an impeachment inquiry.

Much of that activity has taken place in the House, where Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiImmigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday announced a formal impeachment inquiry, but several previous holdouts in the Senate have also joined the chorus.


Others like Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter Clyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates MORE (Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Poll: Biden, Sanders tied in Texas, followed by Warren Poll: Klobuchar leads in Minnesota, followed by Sanders and Warren MORE (Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJack Black endorses Elizabeth Warren Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll Poll: Biden, Sanders tied in Texas, followed by Warren MORE have been calling for impeachment action since before the Ukraine news.

Here are the Senate Democrats who have called for an impeachment or an inquiry this week.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerImmigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge Schumer confirms spending K on cheesecake in 10 years: 'Guilty as charged' MORE (N.Y.)

Schumer announced on Wednesday that he supported Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry.

"I strongly support Speaker Pelosi’s decision. If we don’t reckon with President Trump’s persistent transgressions, the very foundation of this great republic is at risk," Schumer said. "The president kept pushing and pushing and pushing the constitutional envelope. Finally, the president’s conduct made an impeachment inquiry unavoidable.”

"I know she did not make this decision lightly and took no pleasure in making it,” he added. “It is her carefully considered judgment that it is now in the best interest of our country and our Constitution to proceed with an impeachment inquiry.”

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight 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 Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe MORE (Ill.)

Before Schumer’s statement, Durbin was the highest-ranking Senate Democrat to endorse an impeachment inquiry.

“I think this may be the straw that broke the camel’s back,” the Senate Democratic whip said Tuesday. “There’s so much cumulative evidence here and many of us have wondered if this would ever see the light of day in an impeachment inquiry. But I think now we have to move forward.”

Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDemocratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students Trump under pressure to renew last nuke treaty with Russia Celebrating and expanding upon five years of the ABLE  Act MORE (Pa.)

Casey is the most recent senator to call for impeachment proceedings, and he's one of the most moderate Senate Democrats to do so.

“Given this clear abuse of power, I believe I have an obligation to outline the conduct, both during the Russian investigation and the Ukraine matter, that is within the well-established definition of the ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ that the Senate would consider in an impeachment trial,” he said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“Surely, not every instance of presidential wrongdoing merits impeachment. Using the vast powers of impeachment in a cavalier fashion would be an insult to our Constitution,” Casey added. “However, a failure by Congress to pursue impeachment in the face of grave offenses by the President is just as insulting to our Constitution and our values.”

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Sunday shows - 2020 spotlight shifts to South Carolina Murphy: No concerns with Sanders on gun policy MORE (Conn.)

Murphy announced his support for an impeachment inquiry Tuesday, saying, “It is now my belief that the House of Representatives must begin an impeachment inquiry into the president’s corrupt efforts to press a foreign nation into the service of his reelection campaign.”

Murphy had been sharply critical of the handling of the whistleblower report before coming out in favor of an impeachment inquiry, particularly after Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOcasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan warnings Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony MORE (R-Texas) questioned whether the whistleblower was a “leaker.”

"This is just a head shaking moment for me that Republicans don't give a damn about the national security of this country and are willing to let the president get away with this fundamental corruption," Murphy said Monday. "If that is the direction that they take—attacking the whistleblower, trying to cover up this corruption, it's a really, really sad day for the country."

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)

Blumenthal on Tuesday morning called for the House to form an impeachment committee, hours before Pelosi announced the inquiry.

“I am calling today for a House Select Committee to investigate and move forward with impeachment proceedings against the President. I reached this decision with sadness, but also anger,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

“Congress must demand accountability," he added. "At this moment, the threat to the rule of law and our democracy has reached a new height and requires all of us to step forward.”

Sen. Chris van Hollen (Md.)

Van Hollen announced his support for an impeachment inquiry Tuesday shortly before Pelosi’s announcement.

“As the White House continues to prevent the House of Representatives from exercising their Constitutionally-mandated oversight role, it has become clear that the tools provided by an impeachment inquiry must be employed,” van Hollen said in a statement.

“I have not come to this decision lightly — and I regret that the President’s actions require these measures. But the American people deserve the truth and confidence in their government, and I support an impeachment inquiry in order to expose the facts and protect our democracy,” he added.

Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithDemocratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students Trump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements MORE (Minn.)

Smith struck a cautious note in her endorsement of an impeachment inquiry Tuesday, noting in a statement that impeachment is not the same as removal from office, which would meet a dead end in the GOP-controlled Senate.

“Impeachment is the only way in our system of constitutional checks and balances to establish whether a President has abused his power and put his own interests ahead of our national security and the rule of law,” Smith said in a statement.

“My job as Senator is to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law, and I must fulfill my responsibility to listen to all the evidence before making a final judgment,” she added.

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzBooker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium Poll: Majority of Democrats say Electoral College delegates should cast ballots based on popular vote Democrats praise Romney for breaking with GOP on convicting Trump MORE (Hawaii)

Schatz called for impeachment on Monday.

“[Trump] and his legal team argue that a sitting president’s authorities are so vast that they literally transcend the law. They argue that the Congress has a remedy for this criminality and defiance – the impeachment process,” Schatz said in a statement Monday.

“If that is their view, so be it. On behalf of the people who elected us, we must formalize and accelerate the impeachment process so that Congress, by exercising its responsibility under Article 1 of the Constitution, can provide some measure of accountability,” he added.

Updated at 7:23 p.m.