Rep. Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottPromoting the voice of Korean Americans Lobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' 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 StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanFormer aide sentenced for helping ex-congressman in fraud scheme Former congressman sentenced to 10 years in prison for campaign finance scheme Rising expectations could change North Korea forever MORE and Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdMembers spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Lawmaker seeks to ban ex-members from lobbying until sexual harassment settlements repaid MORE, as well as Sen. Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain Inhofe Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Overnight Defense: Senators show skepticism over Space Force | Navy drops charges against officers in deadly collision | Trump taps next Navy chief Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal MORE (R-Okla.) and Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannMichele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' Will Biden lead a 'return to normalcy' in 2020? Gillibrand becomes latest candidate scrutinized for how she eats on campaign trail 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."