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Freedom Caucus chair downplays Johnson ouster

Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said in an interview Tuesday that House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) faces an eventual move to expel him from the conference. I downplayed the possibility.

In an interview on NewsNation’s “The Hill” on Tuesday, Goode said he is determined to work on passing emergency legislation this week, but that he is determined to work on passing the emergency bill this week, but that he is not working with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Rep. Thomas Massey. He said he had only heard from two members of Congress (R-Ky.). .) — Discussion of Johnson’s firing.

Asked whether Massey was right in saying that Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign, Goode said: “I’ve only heard two MPs say something to that effect, and I don’t know who those two are.” You know if there is,” he said. “This week I’m focused on getting the best result.”

Mr. Massey on Tuesday became the second Republican, after Mr. Greene, to say he would support Mr. Johnson’s removal motion if it is voted on. Mr Green has already tabled a motion to remove Mr Johnson from power, but has not forced an immediate vote on the issue. This comes as threats loom over a possible vote on Ukraine funds.

Prime Minister Johnson this week announced a multi-pronged strategy to provide military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, with a sweeping package of Republican national security priorities aimed at placating cautious conservatives within House Republicans. was outlined. He has confirmed that all four components will be voted on separately by the end of this week.

Goode did not say in the interview how he would vote on a potential motion to vacate the House if it came to a vote. He said he had a “productive” meeting with Johnson earlier Tuesday and said he was committed to passing the bill. However, Mr Good remains critical of certain aspects of Mr Johnson’s aid plan, namely the omission of clauses regarding border security.

Mr Good also did not say whether there was a line that would ultimately lead to Mr Johnson voting on the motion to vacate if a vote were taken on the floor.

Mr. Good never publicly said he had a red line before voting to remove former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and when asked about the hypothetical effort to remove Mr. Johnson from office. However, he also said that he would not say so now.

“I didn’t say that to the previous speaker a year ago, and I don’t say that now,” Good said of the red line. “I’m not cavalier about it. I’m not threatening about it. I’m not flippant about it. I don’t see myself trying to openly discuss it in public.

“It wasn’t like that before, but obviously by the time someone else filed an eviction complaint, I had reached the line. I had no grounds to defend. [McCarthy],” He said.

“I’m not going to make a motion to resign. I think we should do the best we can for the American people between now and November. And after November, we need new Congressional leadership. “There will be a contest over it,” he continued.

Goode also said he thought Democrats were “bluffing” and wouldn’t ultimately save Johnson — if Johnson’s job security meant allowing the Ukraine aid to pass. If it depends on him — but he also said it would be a problem for him.

“I think they’re calling the bluff because I think they want the Republican Party to get into some kind of chaos. I don’t think the Democrats will do it, but they just say the Democrats did it.” I’m telling you,” Good said. “We don’t think that’s sustainable for the Speaker. We’ve told him that. We don’t think that’s the way to go for him. We don’t think that’s sustainable for him or for the Republican Party. We don’t recommend that he succeed based on Democratic votes because we think it’s very bad. We want him to do what the Republicans want to do so we all rally behind him. I want to be able to support him.”

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