Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermottLevin will step down as top Democrat on Ways and Means House passes bill exempting some from ObamaCare mandate Government to step in if insurance companies don't offer affordable health care choices 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 StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE and Blake FarentholdBlake FarentholdGOP rep would 'consider' pulling support if Trump said he liked rape, promptly apologizes Patent reforms must also include our trade courts Congress' new opportunity to protect free speech: Voting to pass SPEAK FREE MORE, as well as Sen. Jim InhofeJames InhofeFeds to consider renewed protections for bird species Trump’s nominees may face roadblocks ‘Covert propaganda’ in federal rulemaking MORE (R-Okla.) and Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannWill Trump back women’s museum? Michele Bachmann on Trump victory: ‘God did this’ The right-wing wants a revolution, and we had better pay attention 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."