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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 HimesOvernight Defense: Pentagon IG to audit use of COVID-19 funds on contractors | Dems optimistic on blocking Trump's Germany withdrawal | Obama slams Trump on foreign policy House panel urges intelligence community to step up science and technology efforts Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones 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 TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 HoyerTop Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Md.), who told reporters that impeachment proceedings were not "worthwhile" based on what was in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.”