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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer urges declassification of letter from Pence aide No rush to judgment on Trump — it's been ongoing since Election Day Collins walks impeachment tightrope MORE (D-N.Y.) said that he's "even more worried" about a whistleblower complaint reportedly tied to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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 PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' 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 WydenHillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill Bezos phone breach escalates fears over Saudi hacking Top intel office fails to meet deadline to give Khashoggi report to Congress: report MORE (D-Ore.) and John CornynJohn CornynNadler gets under GOP's skin Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public MORE (R-Texas), declined to comment about its contents. One lawmaker estimated that the complaint was between 10 and 12 pages.