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Rep. Himes: Congress is ‘a long way from’ bipartisan consensus
Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said Congress is a long way from having a “bipartisan consensus” on Trump’s recent actions.

“There’s a great deal of concern,” he said  on MSBNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday morning.  “I wouldn’t necessarily say a turning. But you do see some people stepping up. We are a long way from having a strong bipartisan consensus about what this president did.”

Himes said the investigation has already compromised the president’s legislative agenda.

“Tax reform, which is very very difficult in the best of times, with this cloud, this legislative agenda is all but gone,” he said. “The president’s legislative agenda is lying in ruins on the floor of this building. … You can still see teeth and blood on the floor here.”

Himes has previously said congressional Republicans need to stand up to Trump after a Washington Post story reported that the president revealed confidential intelligence information to Russian diplomats, according to CNN.

“This is historical,” he told the news network. “My Republican friends need to think about … moments like Joseph McCarthy and who stood with him and who showed courage and said: ‘This is not us’ or back to the Nixon administration when that administration was coming apart.”

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