Dem lawmaker: There isn't a crime Trump could commit that would cause GOP to turn on him

Dem lawmaker: There isn't a crime Trump could commit that would cause GOP to turn on him
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Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Live coverage: Mueller testifies before Congress MORE (D-Conn.) said Thursday that impeachment proceedings would be a waste of effort for the House, as the GOP-controlled Senate would refuse to take any action against the president.

Himes told CNN that the Republican Party's loyalty to President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE would transcend any evidence of criminality the Democratic House could uncover.

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"I don't think there is a crime that this president could commit that would cause the Republican Party to turn on him," Himes said Thursday.

"I wish I could give you an answer with intense conviction," Himes added. "This is a really difficult box to be in for the Congress of the United States and certainly the Speaker of the House."

Himes continued, adding that he has "absolutely no question" about how that ends, stating that the Republican-controlled Senate had no interest in holding the president accountable for potentially obstructing justice related to efforts to impede the Russia investigation.

"There is, at least in my mind, absolutely no question about how that ends. And that ends with the Senate not convicting," he said.

Himes's comments echo those from members of Democratic leadership on Thursday, including House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats headed for a subpoena showdown with White House Election security funds caught in crosshairs of spending debate New storm rises over Kavanaugh MORE (D-Md.), who told reporters that impeachment proceedings were not "worthwhile" based on what was in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's report.

“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer said on CNN. “Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement.”