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Rep. Matt Gaetz moves to oust fellow Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

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Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced a resolution Monday night to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Prior to the bold move, the right-wing firebrand of Florida accused McCarthy, R-Calif., of cutting a “secret deal” with Democrats to pass aid for embattled Ukraine and demanded answers from GOP leadership.

“I’ll be listening,” Gaetz said. “Stay tuned.”

He previously promised to introduce a so-called motion to vacate sometime later “this week,” noting that many lawmakers were still en route back to Washington, D.C., after the weekend.

The youthful lawmaker said McCarthy would “probably” manage to stay in power by cutting backroom deals.

He also teased reporters that he had spoken with former President Donald Trump about his anti-McCarthy push, but declined to reveal what the MAGA leader told him.


In a speech on the House floor, Gaetz demanded McCarthy disclose the details of a supposed deal he cut with congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden to allow votes on aid to Ukraine, which was left out of an eleventh-hour stopgap funding bill that averted a government shutdown.

“It is becoming increasingly clear who the speaker of the House already works for and it’s not the (Republicans),” Gaetz said.

Gaetz has been leading an on-and-off revolt against McCarthy for months as the Republican leader seeks to keep the fractious GOP caucus together.

The battle lines became much clearer after McCarthy turned to Democrats to help him pass the stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, turning his back on right-wing hard-liners who were unwilling to compromise on demands for deep spending cuts and other conservative priorities.


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