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Pelosi comes out against impeaching Trump: 'He's just not worth it'

Pelosi comes out against impeaching Trump: 'He's just not worth it'House speaker says move would be too divisive without ‘compelling and bipartisan’ rationale Nancy Pelosi said of impeachment: ‘It divides the country.’ Photograph: Pool New/Reuters Donald Trump should not be impeached unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, given how divisive it would be for the country, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has said. “I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi, the top US Democrat, said in a Washington Post interview published on Monday. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” she said. “He’s just not worth it.” It was Pelosi’s most direct comment yet on Trump’s possible impeachment, a topic she has dealt with cautiously as it carries the potential to sharply split Democrats and the public ahead of next year’s White House and congressional elections. The special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential campaign, possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government and whether Trump has attempted to obstruct the inquiry. Trump has denied wrongdoing and called the investigation a witch-hunt. Mueller is expected to send a report soon to the US attorney general, William Barr, outlining his findings, and any evidence of wrongdoing could prompt Congress to take action against the president. Several panels in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives are also investigating the president. Although Pelosi said she believed it would be too divisive to impeach Trump, she characterized the president as unfit to hold office. “No, I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States,” Pelosi told the Post, adding he was “ethically unfit, intellectually unfit, curiosity-wise unfit”. Democrats face growing pressure from the left for impeachment, including a multimillion-dollar ad campaign from the liberal billionaire Tom Steyer to build support for action against Trump. Reacting to her comments, Steyer suggested Pelosi’s stance was “politically convenient”. "He’s just not worth it?" Is defending our legal system “worth it?" Is holding the President accountable “worth it?" Is doing what’s right "worth it?" Or shall America just stop fighting for our principles and do what's politically convenient?https://t.co/dQqTMpccnZ— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) March 11, 2019 The House judiciary committee, which would lead an impeachment inquiry, recently launched a broad investigation of corruption, abuse of power and obstruction of justice allegations against Trump that could amount to impeachable offenses. The House judiciary committee chairman, Jerrold Nadler, has said he believes Trump has committed obstruction of justice, but that it is too soon to decide on impeachment. “We do not now have the evidence all sorted out,” Nadler told ABC’s This Week program on 3 March. He added: “Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen.”



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Chris Watts confesses to killing daughters for first time: 'I didn’t want to do this, but I did it'

Chris Watts confesses to killing daughters for first time: 'I didn’t want to do this, but I did it'Christopher Watts drove his daughters to an oil site after killing wife, Shanann, in their Colorado home, Watts recently told investigators.



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'I’ve never experienced anything like it': For some in Chicago's deep freeze, no choice but to brave the cold

'I’ve never experienced anything like it': For some in Chicago's deep freeze, no choice but to brave the coldFor many Chicagoans, it was just another day—albeit a historically cold one—of living a life in which staying home was not a reasonable option.



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'I did it': Saudi teen fleeing alleged family abuse arrives in Canada as an asylum refugee

'I did it': Saudi teen fleeing alleged family abuse arrives in Canada as an asylum refugeeThe 18-year-old barricaded herself in an airport hotel in Bangkok and took to Twitter when Thai authorities threatened to deport her.



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Trump says Erdogan will 'eradicate' Isil in Syria and praises the Turkish leader as 'a man who can do it' 

Trump says Erdogan will 'eradicate' Isil in Syria and praises the Turkish leader as 'a man who can do it' Donald Trump has said Turkey will finish off the Islamic State in Syria as he praised the country's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "a man who can do it". The US president has doubled down on his decision to withdraw US troops from the region following the departure of his Defence Secretary James Mattis over the move. In a stinging resignation letter Mr Mattis warned that America must "show respect" to its allies. Mr Trump has defended his position, tweeting: "President Erdogan of Turkey has very strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria….and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right 'next door.' Our troops are coming home!" The US military confirmed that the order to withdraw American soldiers from Syria had been signed after Mr Trump held talks with his Turkish counterpart to negotiate the terms of the pullout. The US currently has around 2,000 troops in the civil war-racked country, where they have been deployed to assist in a multinational fight against the Islamic State (Isil) jihadist group. President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey has very strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria….and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right “next door.” Our troops are coming home!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018 Turkey was a rare ally that lauded Mr Trump's decision on Syria, a country where it will now have a freer rein to target Kurdish fighters who were armed and trained by the US and played a major role in the war against Isil but are deemed terrorists by Ankara. Mr Trump and Mr Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday and "agreed to ensure coordination between their countries' military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and transition phase in Syria," the Turkish presidency said in a statement. Mr Trump tweeted that he and Mr Erdogan "discussed (Isil), our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of US troops from the area." Some fear Turkey will now have freer rein to target Kurdish fighters who were armed and trained by the US Credit: Anadolu Agency  Mr Trump's advisers have reportedly persuaded the president to withdraw the troops more slowly than he would like in order not to jeopardise their safety. A withdrawal could have extraordinary geopolitical implications, and it runs counter to long-established US policy for the region. Thousands of Isil fighters are thought to remain in Syria, but Mr Trump on Wednesday declared that "we've won against ISIS," using another acronym for the extremists. Late on Sunday he tweeted that President Erdogan had assured him that any remaining Isil fighters will be eliminated. However US politicians – including those from Mr Trump's own Republican party – and international allies fear the withdrawal is premature and would further destabilise the already devastated region. A US pullout, said Mutlu Civiroglu, a Kurdish affairs analyst, will open the way "for Turkey to start its operations against the Kurds, and a bloody war will begin." French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he "deeply regretted" Mr Trump's decision, and that "an ally must be reliable." Israel has been careful to point out that it respects the US decision, but analysts say that beneath those public pronouncements are concerns over whether its main enemy Iran will have a freer hand. Mr Trump's sudden decision sparked turmoil within his administration, prompting the resignation of Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the anti-Isil coalition, as well as Mr Mattis.  Mr McGurk said he could not support Mr Trump's Syria decision, saying it "left our coalition partners confused and our fighting partners bewildered." Plans for the troop pullout will now be overseen by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who Mr Trump announced on Sunday would replace Mr Mattis starting January 1. Unlike Mr Mattis, Mr Shanahan has never served in the military and has spent most of his career in the private sector, including with aircraft giant Boeing. Until Mr Trump finds a permanent Pentagon chief, Mr Shanahan will lead plans for US troops to leave Syria along with a significant drawdown in Afghanistan, both of which critics worry will leave war-torn regions at risk of continued and potentially heightened bloodshed.



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Elon Musk says tweet which cost him $20m was 'worth it'

Elon Musk says tweet which cost him $  20m was 'worth it'Elon Musk has said the tweet that cost him $ 20m (£15.5m) in fines by US Securities and Exchange Commissions was “worth it”. Tesla’s chief executive landed himself in hot water when he used the social media site to announce that he was thinking about taking the company private at $ 420 (£327) a share, adding that the “funding secured”. The tweets, which were found to have no basis according to regulators, caused market fluctuation and as a result, the SEC charged Musk for “misleading investors”.



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At Kavanaugh hearing, Cory Booker tells Republicans threatening his expulsion to 'bring it'

At Kavanaugh hearing, Cory Booker tells Republicans threatening his expulsion to 'bring it'Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing turned into a fight over Senate rules, with arguments about documents and threats of expulsion.



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Rep. Trey Gowdy To Trump's Lawyer: If You Have An Innocent Client, 'Act Like It'

Rep. Trey Gowdy To Trump's Lawyer: If You Have An Innocent Client, 'Act Like It'Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) pushed back against President Donald Trump's lawyer



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GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'

GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'A Republican House member seems a bit confused why the public is still discussing the domestic abuse allegations that forced White House staff secretary Rob Porter from his job last week.



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GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'

GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'A Republican House member seems a bit confused why the public is still discussing the domestic abuse allegations that forced White House staff secretary Rob Porter from his job last week.



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