Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure Voting rights and Senate wrongs MORE (D-N.Y.) said that he's "even more worried" about a whistleblower complaint reportedly tied to President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case 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 PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems look to repackage BBB into salvageable bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Democrats hope to salvage Biden's agenda on Manchin's terms 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 WydenThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Schumer opted for modest rules reform after pushback from moderates MORE (D-Ore.) and John CornynJohn CornynSenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Senators introduce bill aimed at protecting Ukrainian civilians Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (R-Texas), declined to comment about its contents. One lawmaker estimated that the complaint was between 10 and 12 pages.