Reports say that Republican members in the House have been searching for ways to get rid of Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is leading the effort to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
In an interview with Fox News, GOP lawmakers said they would fire Matt Gaetz in the event that the ethics committee’s report found that he did something wrong. A member who did not want to be named told Fox News that everyone in the House GOP is sick of Gaetz now that he has come up with another plan to get rid of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. They did not know what the report said, though.
“Okay, no one can stand him anymore. A smart guy with no morals,” said one senator.
Gaetz would have to be kicked out with two-thirds of the votes, and Republican advantages are already very thin.
Gaetz said this week on CNN’s State of the Union that fresh, “trustworthy” leadership is needed in the House going forward.
“I believe the Band-Aid should be taken off. We are in need of new leaders that all of us can trust in order to move forward. There’s one thing that everyone agrees on: absolutely nobody trusts Kevin McCarthy. He told Biden lies. He lied to the conservatives in the House,” Gaetz said.
He also said, “Kevin McCarthy’s goal was to provide a lot of different, contradictory promises to put everything off again because of the shutdown and, in the end, go over the spending limits he had agreed to.”
Additionally, CNN’s Jake Tapper told Gaetz that he had witnessed “personal communications” from the congressman accusing McCarthy of starting the ethics probe. This suggested that Gaetz’s action might have something personal to do with him.
Tapper said, “But I have seen private messages between you and other individuals that showed you blame McCarthy for your ethical conduct investigation.”
“When Kevin McCarthy told the public, This is not associated with me breaking my promise. It is because Gaetz currently has ethics issues. That was him trying to trick the ethics committee,” Gaetz replied.
McCarthy stated, “This has become personal with Matt,” as reported by ABC producer and reporter Ben Siegel. “Let’s move on and start running the country.”
Gaetz said the fight is not personal.
“This is not personal, Jake. Spending is the issue here,” Gaetz stated this week. “This has to do with the agreement Kevin McCarthy struck. He shouldn’t have entered into that deal if he was not willing to keep it. He agreed to return to spending levels from before COVID and to have single-subject expenditure bills. This meant that he wouldn’t have to vote on every government expenditure at once. So this is about following through on what Kevin McCarthy said. It has nothing to do with personal grudges.”
Fox News reported that the House Ethics Committee has been looking into “Gaetz since 2021 on claims of breaking campaign finance laws, receiving bribes, and abusing drugs. The representative has strongly rejected all of these claims. A Justice Dept. sex trafficking investigation was said to have included a girl under the age of 18. Gaetz denied these claims.”