Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE (D-Wash.) says congressional Republicans are planning an "impeachment circus" to thwart President Obama's legislative goals on the economy and immigration reform.

"It's like a magician who snaps his fingers in one place so you won`t see what he`s doing with his other hand," McDermott said Friday during an appearance on MSNBC. "They are basically trying to keep the president from doing anything on jobs or on immigration or on climate change or any other issue that the American people are facing or pensions or anything."

The former House Ethics Committee chairman said that Republicans would turn to the impeachment strategy after they were unsuccessful in using the debt ceiling and government shutdown as leverage to dismantle ObamaCare.

"They've run the let's run the country over the cliff strategy and that didn't work. And so now back at the second one of the Republican strategies. That is let`s impeach the president," McDermott said.

The Washington Democrat warned that "as long as they can keep this impeachment circus going, nobody will pay any attention" to more substantive policy issues.

A number of Republicans, including Texas Reps. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCornyn to run for reelection in 2020 Former congressman indicted on conspiracy charges Ex-GOP rep blames arrest on 'deep state' conspiracy MORE and Blake FarentholdBlake FarentholdInfrastructure spending bill sliding down agenda The Hill's 12:30 Report Distrust of Senate grows within GOP MORE, as well as Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeA third of Congress hasn’t held a town hall — it’s time to take action Anonymous affiliate publishes claimed list of GOP private contact info Wasting America’s nuclear opportunity MORE (R-Okla.) and Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannTom Petty dies at 66 Bachmann: Muslim immigrants trying to undermine Western civilization Religious leaders pray over Trump in Oval Office MORE (R-Minn.) have suggested that the House of Representatives could consider impeachment procedures.

Still, there's been no movement by House Republican leadership to pursue such a strategy.

McDermott predicted that even if Republicans fulfilled his prophecy and did undertake impeachment proceedings, they would not prevail.

"That`s exactly what they did to Clinton and they are going to fail at this," McDermott told MSNBC on Friday. "They simply believe that it`s an impeachable offense if they don't agree with it."