GOP tensions erupt over Mike Johnson ouster threat

House Republican tensions erupted on Tuesday when Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) backed a threat to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.).  

Why it matters: It's another setback for the Republican majority, which has struggled to gain policy victories amid chronic infighting.  

"People are mostly frustrated and angry," one House Republican stated. Another Republican member said the GOP's steering committee should "remove certain people from committees."  

Massie indicated at the Republicans' closed-door conference meeting on Tuesday morning that he would co-sponsor a motion to vacate made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).  

Massie's declaration was welcomed with "booing," according to a House Republican who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  

"People were just shaking their heads," stated Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.). Greene has stated that if the House proceeds with a planned vote on Ukraine aid, she will call for a vote to remove Johnson.  

"Many of us are growing tired of the motion to vacate the theater, the waste of time and the waste of trust," said Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-N.Y.).  

Meuser said Republicans had "intense decisions" to make about foreign aid, and the motion to vacate is "destructive" and "not helpful" in that regard.


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