A congressman aligned with Trump is pushing a motion to remove the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives - NewssMex

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A congressman aligned with Trump is pushing a motion to remove the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

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The far-right congresswoman, Marjorie Taylor Greene, close to the former Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021), presented a motion this Friday to remove her boss and party colleague Mike Johnson as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Greene made the decision after the House approved the budgets for the fiscal year 2024 that Johnson’s team negotiated with the Democrats and the White House, with a majority of Republicans against it.

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However, the congresswoman has not yet activated the mechanism that would force the full House to vote within 48 hours on Johnson’s removal.

“This is basically a warning. It’s time for us to follow the process, take our time, and choose a new president,” Greene said in statements to journalists, defining Johnson’s actions as a betrayal to the party.

The congresswoman thus explained the reason why she has not activated the mechanism to force the vote: “I do not wish to harm our conference (the Republican one) and sow chaos in the House.”

Johnson came to the presidency of the House as a result of a fratricidal struggle within the Republican Party that brought down the previous president, Kevin McCarthy, precisely because of a budget agreement with the Democrats.

McCarthy’s fall last October plunged the House and the Republicans into chaos for weeks until they agreed on Johnson.

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The situation now, however, is different. The Democrats, who unanimously voted in favor of McCarthy’s fall, have shown willingness to save Johnson and some, like Tom Suozzi, have already announced that they will support him: “The idea that these clowns would throw him out is absurd.”

It is also not at all clear that within the Republican Party there is an appetite to go through that same process again just over 7 months before the elections.