Nancy Pelosi says impeaching Donald Trump 'just not worth it'

Nancy Pelosi says impeaching Donald Trump 'just not worth it'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ruled out impeaching US President Donald Trump, saying "he's just not worth it".

"I'm not for impeachment", Pelosi said.

Pelosi's anti-impeachment stance puts her in opposition to a vocal wing of the Democratic Party that has made President Trump's removal from office a central issue.

"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. "And he's just not worth it", she added.

The special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential campaign, possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government and whether Trump has attempted to obstruct the inquiry.

Mrs. Pelosi had been trying to tamp down impeachment talk within her ranks for months, but she's had only moderate success. Instead, House Democrats are pursuing their own broad, high-profile investigations that will keep the focus on Trump's business dealings and relationship with Russian Federation, exerting congressional oversight without having to broach the I-word.

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"There's so much evidence that this president should be impeached it's hard to keep track of it all", major liberal donor Tom Steyer tweeted Monday afternoon.

She refused calls when she first held the speaker's gavel, in 2007, to start impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush.

Pence responded to Cheney's concerns at one point by saying that "when the American people elected this president, they elected a president who expressed concern about American deployments around the world, and they knew this was going to be a president that came and asked the fundamental questions about - you know, where are we deployed and do we really need to be asking men and women in uniform to be deployed in that part of the world?"

While Pelosi is stating her personal preference, she left some wiggle room to launch impeachment proceedings if the report reveals "something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan".

Pelosi often said the House should not pursue impeachment for political reasons, but it shouldn't not pursue for political reasons.

Among the topics on which Cheney reportedly pressed Pence was Trump's stated plan of withdrawing American forces - or, at least, a lot of them - from Syria.

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