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Planned Parenthood shooting suspect intends to plead guilty: ‘They are going to execute me’

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The man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last year told a Denver television station that he wants to plead guilty and expects to be executed, the CBS affiliate reported on Wednesday.

In a phone call from the El Paso County jail where he is being held without bond, Robert Lewis Dear told a reporter with KCNC-TV that he wants to act as his own lawyer and is willing to pay for his crimes.

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“Well, I’m just an honest man and I believe I’m guilty so I am just going to plead guilty,” he said. “I’d say that they are going to execute me.”

Dear, 57, stands accused of 179 felony counts, including charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault stemming from the Nov. 27 attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that also wounded nine.

Police said Dear opened fire with a rifle outside the clinic and then stormed inside, ultimately surrendering after a five-hour standoff.

El Paso County District Attorney Dan May said after a court hearing last month that he has not decided if his office will seek the death penalty.

Dear said in the interview that he believed the FBI had been following him for decades, and on the day of the rampage 10 agents were tailing him. He then chose to make his “last stand” at the Planned Parenthood clinic because “it’s murdering little babies,” he told the station.

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“They (FBI agents) slither off like snakes and they get the local cops to do their dirty work, so that’s why the shootout was there,” he said.

Among the three people killed was a police officer from a nearby university who responded to the scene.

At an earlier hearing, Dear said he was “a warrior for the babies,” and did not want his court-appointed lawyers to represent him.

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El Paso County District Court Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered Dear to undergo a mental examination to determine if he is competent to fire his lawyers and defend himself.

Dear told the judge that he would not cooperate with the evaluators, which he repeated in the television interview.

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“I’m just letting you know I am sane, I am coherent … I have a college degree,” he said on the phone call.

A spokeswoman for the FBI’s field office in Denver could not be immediately reached for comment.

A status hearing on the case is set for Feb. 24.

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Watch this video report posted online by KCNC-TV:

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Victoria Cavaliere)


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Pence adviser says that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president was ‘unusual and inappropriate’

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Jennifer Williams, a Special Adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, told congressional investigators that she viewed President Donald Trump's July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as "unusual and inappropriate." Williams had listened in on the phone call while it was happening, and a whistleblower revealing the controversial contents of that call prompted the current impeachment inquiry into Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Jim Jordan childishly refuses to condemn Trump’s Ukraine call: ‘Democrats have been out to get the president’

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump should not be impeached because he never completed his quid pro quo with Ukraine.

During an interview on CBS, host Margaret Brennan explained that Trump only released aid to Ukraine after a whistleblower came forward with allegations that he was trying to bribe the country's president to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

"Most important, the Ukrainians did nothing, as far as investigations go, to get the aid released," Jordan opined. "There was never this quid pro quo, that the Democrats all promise existed before President Trump released the phone call."

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Chuck Todd burns down GOP’s Ron Johnson’s Ukraine excuses: ‘You seem to blame this on everybody but the president’

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A clearly exasperated Chuck Todd was forced to talk over a loud and filibustering Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning for once again pushing Ukraine conspiracies and arguing over whether Donald Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to attack former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf.

Having let Johnson throw out several scenarios and try and spread the blame around, Todd, finally cut in to say, "You seem to blame this on everybody but the president. It was the president’s actions."

"You’re blaming everybody else for the reason we’re in this situation, other than the president," Todd continued. "Isn’t the president’s own behavior, which raised all of these yellow and red flags, isn’t is that why we’re here?”

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