Democrat argues GOP had 'no deep love or loyalty' to Trump

Democrat argues GOP had 'no deep love or loyalty' to Trump
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Rep. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanHarris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires Overnight Energy: Fight between EPA watchdog, agency lawyers heats up | Top EPA official under investigation over document destruction | DOJ issues subpoenas to automakers in California emissions pact Interior suggests ex-client of department head for major contract MORE (D-Calif.) in an interview Monday with CNN predicted more cracks will occur in GOP support of President Trump.

“In my conversations with my Republican colleagues, certainly, there is no, I believe no, deep love or loyalty to this president,” Huffman said in the interview.

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“There is a recognition that he has created a very unforgiving political climate in Republican politics that requires them to stick closely to him, but I think with this latest scandal — with this betrayal of his office, this gross abuse of power that involves our national security — you should see some cracks emerging in that cult of Trumpism.”

To date, there haven't been many cracks in the GOP lawmaker shield surrounding Trump.

No Republicans in Congress are calling for Trump's impeachment, though Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Hoyer: We are going to move as fast 'as the facts and truth dictate' on open hearings Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote MORE (I-Mich.) left the GOP because of Trump and backs impeachment.

A few Republicans have said they are concerned about Trump's phone call with Ukraine's leader pressing for an investigation of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE, including Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyProgressive Democrats ramp up attacks on private equity Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE (Utah), the GOP's presidential nominee in 2012.

Huffman pointed to Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Honoring service before self House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump MORE's (R-Ill.) tweet on Sunday calling out Trump’s tweet quoting a pastor who said impeachment will cause a “civil war.” 

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“There’s something about what the president did in this Ukrainian scandal, it is a betrayal of the highest order, and I think it has brought a clarity of purpose and unity to our caucus and I think increasingly beyond our caucus,” Huffman said.

Trump has defended his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as appropriate. Many Republicans have echoed Trump's comments, calling the attack politically motivated and trying to shift the attention to unfounded allegations against Biden.