Schumer says he's 'even more worried' after seeing whistleblower complaint

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill Overnight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary MORE (D-N.Y.) said that he's "even more worried" about a whistleblower complaint reportedly tied to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE after reading it on Wednesday. 

"All I’ll tell you is this. Two things. Number one, having read the documents in there, I’m even more worried about what happened than when I read the memorandum of the conversation. There are so many facts that have to be examined. It’s very troubling," Schumer said. 


The whistleblower complaint was transmitted to Congress on Wednesday. Members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees as well as members of leadership were spotted heading in and out of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility as they reviewed the complaint. 

In a separate statement, Schumer called for the complaint to be released publicly.

"The public has a right to read the whistleblower’s complaint for themselves. The contents of the complaint should be made public immediately," he said.

Reports about the whistleblower complaint, which is reportedly tied to Trump's actions toward Ukraine, led House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran MORE (D-Calif.) to announce on Tuesday the formal launch of an impeachment inquiry. 

Schumer threw his support behind the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday after months of refusing to take a position. 

"The president kept pushing and pushing and pushing the constitutional envelope. Finally, the president’s conduct made an impeachment inquiry unavoidable," Schumer said from the Senate floor. 

He added at a separate press conference that the release earlier in the day of a partial transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "absolutely validates" the inquiry.

In the call, Trump asked Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and expressed hope that Zelensky could “look into” former Vice President Joe Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

Several lawmakers who viewed the whistleblower complaint on Wednesday, including Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate aides met with tax return whistleblower: report Democratic senators introduce bill to block funding for border wall live stream Booker, Sanders propose new federal agency to control drug prices MORE (D-Ore.) and John CornynJohn CornynImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy GOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas), declined to comment about its contents. One lawmaker estimated that the complaint was between 10 and 12 pages.