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Steyer to Pelosi on impeachment: 'Is doing what's right worth it?'

Steyer to Pelosi on impeachment: 'Is doing what's right worth it?'
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Billionaire activist Tom Steyer pushed back on Monday after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Battle heats up for House Foreign Affairs gavel Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau MORE (D-Calif.) said impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE is "just not worth it" unless there's broad bipartisan support because of the division it would cause across the country.

"Speaker Pelosi thinks 'he’s just not worth it?' " Steyer asked in a statement. "Well, is defending our legal system 'worth it?' Is holding the President accountable for his crimes and cover-ups 'worth it?' Is doing what’s right 'worth it?'

"Or shall America just stop fighting for our principles and do what's politically convenient?"

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Steyer has poured millions of dollars into the "Need to Impeach" campaign to remove Trump from office, airing television ads and holding town hall events to pressure Democratic lawmakers over the issue.

His latest statement came shortly after The Washington Post published an interview with Pelosi in which she offered some of her strongest remarks yet against impeaching Trump.

"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. And he’s just not worth it," Pelosi told the Post.

Pelosi said that despite her opposition to impeachment at the moment, she does not believe Trump is fit to serve as president.

"Are we talking ethically? Intellectually? Politically? What are we talking here?" she said. "All of the above. No. No. I don’t think he is."

The issue of impeachment has divided Democrats since they retook control of the House in January.

Some members have already introduced articles of impeachment, and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mich.) said she plans to introduce another measure by the end of the month aimed at ousting the president.

Party leaders, including Pelosi, have largely sought to tamp down the issue, arguing that lawmakers should take a wait-and-see approach as special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees conduct ongoing investigations.