Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan stated that he had a “great conversation” with former President Donald Trump concerning a potential bid for the position of House speaker, though he did not reveal whether or not Trump is backing him for the spot. Many individuals have speculated there’s a push by current members of the House to have Trump himself be the next speaker, especially since there is no rule or requirement that says the speaker has to be an elected member of the House.
During an interview with NBC News the Ohio conservative said he would not back expelling Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, for leading the charge to have former House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California removed from the seat.
“I talked to the president about this and all kinds of issues,” Jordan, who is a big Trump supporter, went on to say, also adding that when it comes to whether or not the former president will back him for the speakership, “I don’t want to say anything, but I had a great conversation with the president.”
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Trump, in a Truth Social post Thursday, offered his “short-term” help to “do whatever is necessary to help with the Speaker of the House selection process.”
The post came one day after Trump declined to rule himself out to fill in as House speaker. Jordan said he disagrees with Gaetz’s actions against McCarthy, but he doesn’t think removing Gaetz from the Republican caucus, as some lawmakers are demanding, is appropriate.
“I don’t think that’s warranted,” Jordan explained. “We’ve got a four-seat majority. Matt’s a talented member of Congress. I disagree with what he did … but he’s a great member of our committee … I think we’ve got to come together.”
Jordan also wouldn’t answer directly about whether one member should be able to make a motion to remove a House speaker after Gaetz used the House rule to lead to the vote against McCarthy this week.
“That’s a conference decision,” the Ohio Republican said. “But if that’s what the conference wants to do, then I would support it.”
In order to have the House rule altered, he said, there would need to be a vote from the chamber’s majority. In order to achieve that, the GOP would have to be in support of it.
“I wouldn’t go to Democrats and get votes because they’re going to want something,” Jordan commented, going on to say that if another speaker in the future experienced the same fate as McCarthy, he would be “fine with that, if that’s where the conference is.”
Currently, Jordan is heading up the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, which is attempting to prove that he was involved in corruption concerning an influence peddling scheme orchestrated by various members of his family that involved selling access to him and political favors to foreign business entities.
Let’s hope that, even if Jordan gets the speakership, forward momentum continues so that we will see Biden and his family be held accountable for the corruption and abuse of power they have participated in and justice in this country restored.
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