Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says his fellow House Republicans “are considering” removing Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has announced he is retiring after this Congress.
“It’s kind of odd that he has as much power as he has,” King said in an interview with Breitbart News Tonight released Friday.
“But I do predict, and it is happening, that that power is diminishing. I also have got information that there are — I’ll say ‘members’ — I say that plurally, with knowledge, that is considering introducing a motion to vacate the chair,” King continued by saying “If they do that, that will throw this place into a tizzy and force the kind of election for a Speaker that may bring out someone who is a lot stronger on this.”
Last month, Ryan pushed back on reports that he may be asked to step down.
Ryan told reporters- Obviously I serve at the pleasure of the members. Those are the people who drafted me in this job in the first place,” Ryan went on to say. “But I think we all agree, the best thing for us is to complete our agenda and not wedge into the middle of the completion of our agenda divisive leadership elections.”
Rep. King finished off by saying- “From the time that Paul Ryan announced that he would be retiring at the end of this Congress, his juice has been diminished day by day by day,” King said. “It’s not a personal thing. It’s just a function of how things work.”
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