With the ongoing House Speaker conundrum, congressional Republicans are losing focus on the investigation into the Biden family’s corruption.
“Sources tell me House Republicans had to cancel a major hearing scheduled for next week that would have featured key material witnesses to Biden family corruption, narrating new documentation, due to the ongoing turmoil over House Speaker,” investigative reporter Paul Sperry commented.
BREAKING: Sources tell me House Republicans had to cancel a major hearing scheduled for next week that would have featured key material witnesses to Biden family corruption, narrating new documentation, due to the ongoing turmoil over House Speaker
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) October 19, 2023
The House of Representatives have been consumed with the Speaker turmoil for approximately two weeks.
Despite Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) securing the party’s Speakership nomination, he hasn’t gained enough GOP support to win a House floor vote.
22 Republicans voted against Jordan in the second round of voting.
Although there was a push for a resolution to make Patrick McHenry (R-NC) temporary Speaker, the momentum died Thursday.
Jordan confirmed he’s still a House Speaker candidate.
“I’m still running for Speaker and I plan to go to the floor and get the votes and win this race,” he said.
Jordan noted he wanted to speak with his 20 colleagues who voted against him on the House Floor.
🚨#BREAKING: Jim Jordan Confirms He’s Still Running For Speaker saying “I'm still running for Speaker and I plan to go to the floor and get the votes and win this race” as he gets ready for a third vote pic.twitter.com/WBg1DzHxej
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) October 19, 2023
In related news, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters he had a chaotic exchange with Matt Gaetz behind closed doors.
“I was at the mic and I was speaking and Matt Gaetz tried to interrupt and I told him to sit down and he sat down,” McCarthy said.
“No, I told him to sit down. I think the entire conference screamed at him.”
"I told him to sit down and he sat down."
Rep. Kevin McCarthy didn't mince words on his exchange with Rep. Matt Gaetz during a GOP closed-door meeting on the House speaker vote, calling it a "difficult situation."
— ABC News (@ABC) October 19, 2023
“Someone tried to fight Gaetz in conference,” said Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL).
Someone tried to fight Gaetz in conference.
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) October 19, 2023
According to reports, Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) ‘almost lunged at’ Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in the closed-door GOP meeting.
— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) October 19, 2023
When Matt Gaetz stepped to the microphones during Thursday’s three-hour private House GOP meeting on the speakership, the speaker he ousted promptly yelled at him to “sit down.”
Kevin McCarthy was not the only Republican to vent fury with Gaetz, the Florida conservative who successfully ousted the House’s leader. The room met Gaetz with booing, profanities and calls to back off, according to multiple lawmakers in the room. When Gaetz refused, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) stood up and hollered a command at him that one Republican recalled as: “If you don’t sit down, I’ll put you down.”
It seems that every day without a speaker brings a new release of pent-up anger from the House GOP, which is stuck in the bewildering position of technically controlling a chamber of Congress where it can’t even vote on bills. At the moment, their latest pick for speaker, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), cannot win the gavel on the floor and yet still won’t end his campaign — preventing a half-dozen or more other ambitious GOP lawmakers from jumping into the race.
A third House floor vote will take place on Friday.
According to the Daily Caller, some Republicans are voting against Jim Jordan to ‘spite Matt Gaetz.’
Per Daily Caller:
A number of House Republicans believe many of their colleagues who have voted against House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan to be the next Speaker of the House are doing so to spite Florida Republican Matt Gaetz, the Daily Caller has learned.
Gaetz, who forced the motion to vacate the chair vote in early October that successfully removed Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy from office, has continued to face criticism from many House Republicans for going against the status quo and holding McCarthy’s feet to the fire.
Many Republicans who are voting for Jordan and also voted to remove McCarthy as Speaker are saying they believe it could be seen as a win for Gaetz if someone such as Jordan was elected Speaker, instead of a more moderate candidate such as House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who dropped out of the race to support Jordan.
“I have been told by a good number of people that their objection isn’t personal to Jim, it is that voting in Jordan is perceived to be rewarding Matt Gaetz and the rest of the eight. Others have indicated that some of Jim’s supporters wouldn’t support Scalise and so the holdouts won’t support Jordan,” Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs told the Caller.
Watch live coverage of the House Speaker vote via The Wall Street Journal: