Like a cat with nine lives, former President Donald Trump continues to surprise with many in the House floating his name as a possible replacement for Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House.
The New York Post noted that interestingly, the speaker of the House does not technically need to be a sitting member of Congress.
The move would be interesting, allowing for Trump to impact policy and the impeachment inquiry into President Biden while running for president and simultaneously fighting four indictments and 91 charges.
Earlier today, which is day three of his civil trial in a Manhattan court, Trump told reporters, “A lot of people have been calling me about speaker. All I can say is we’ll do whatever is best for the country and the Republican Party.”
“My total focus is on being president,” Trump added, noting that there are other “great people” in the GOP who could handle the job.
Notably, a Republican House aide told the Post Wednesday that the former president is very “interested in the job.”
It is unclear if Trump’s legal problems would prohibit him from serving as speaker. The rules state: “A member of the Republican Leadership shall step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years’ imprisonment may be imposed.”
Nevertheless, the following Republicans have already indicated they would vote for Trump should he consent to be considered for the position:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Greene has been a longtime staunch Trump supporter. In his statement today, Trump referred to Greene as a “wonderful woman.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Notably, Jordan has expressed strong interest in Trump serving in the position. “He’d be great,” Jordan told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Gaetz is the representative who issued the motion to vacate. “Indeed. Speaker Trump does have a nice ring to it,” said Gaetz.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). McCarthy has been reticent to fully recommend Trump as speaker. “You’ve got to be in the institution to understand how it works,” he said on Tuesday to reporters.
The White House has signaled a commitment to work with the next speaker, regardless of who that may be.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Tuesday: “Once the House has met their responsibility to elect a speaker, [Biden] looks forward to working together with them and with the Senate to address the American people’s priorities.”
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