Schumer calls for Senate intelligence panel to probe Trump’s handling of Ukraine


FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Senate Democrats hold a news conference to discuss Senate policy at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate intelligence panel should probe President Donald Trump’s handling of Ukraine, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Wednesday following the release of a memo outlining Trump’s July call with the Ukrainian president.

Schumer, speaking to reporters, said the memo – which showed Trump asking Kiev to investigate his potential 2020 Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden – raised a number of questions that Republicans should also want answered. The Senate committee, led by Republican Senator Richard Burr, conducted a largely bipartisan investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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