Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDe Blasio defends Al Sharpton amidst Trump attacks GOP chairman to move 'swiftly' on Ratcliffe nomination to intelligence post Sharpton: Trump has 'particular venom' for blacks, people of color MORE
(N.Y.) on Tuesday said he supports Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRacked by schism, Democrats yearn for Obama Murray move raises impeachment pressure on Schumer House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment MORE
’s (D-Calif.) decision to hold back on a formal impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpProfessor installs seesaws across US-Mexico border to form connection 'on both sides' What the world can expect from the Boris Johnson government Marianne Williamson: I am not a 'wacky new-age nutcase' MORE
, despite growing support from members of his leadership team for impeachment proceedings.
“I believe that Speaker Pelosi is handling this appropriately,” Schumer said when asked if he would change his position and support the launch of impeachment proceedings after one of his top deputies, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time for 2020 Democrats in Detroit debate Murray move raises impeachment pressure on Schumer The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's new target: Elijah Cummings MORE
(D-Wash.), called for a formal House impeachment inquiry Sunday.
Murray is the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership and her call for House impeachment proceedings was immediately followed on Monday by Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann Stabenow Murray move raises impeachment pressure on Schumer NHL lobbies for Willie O'Ree to get Congressional Gold Medal Democratic senator slams DeVos: 'I think we should send her back' MORE
(D-Mich.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairwoman, in doing the same.
Schumer, however, has been careful not to undercut Pelosi’s resistance to a formal impeachment inquiry, despite pressure from within his own caucus.
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(D-Ore.), one of a dozen Senate Democrats who back formal impeachment proceedings, said Tuesday that Murray’s announcement over the weekend was a major development.
“I think it’s very helpful. It adds to the momentum,” he said. “There are multiple — more than ten cases of obstruction, four of which [where there is] really powerful substantial evidence.”
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’s report on Trump’s possible collusion with Russian agents in the 2016 election and alleged efforts to obstruct justice “a portrait in criminality.”