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 HimesThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment 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 TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 HoyerCongress hunts for path out of spending stalemate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Md.), who told reporters that impeachment proceedings were not "worthwhile" based on what was in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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.”