GOP Members Say Office Evictions Were Not Revenge-Motivated

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( – Interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., ordered that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., evacuate her office in the Capitol following McCarthy’s ousting. A similar order was also issued against Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the former Majority Leader, forcing him to also move out of his office. However, House GOP members have claimed that these decisions were not made as a way of enacting revenge.

Capitol private offices are given to all Senate members, but only a few House lawmakers are given access to one. After Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was voted out of his office last week, McHenry called for the removal of the two leading Democrats from their Capitol offices.

Republican lawmakers told Fox News Digital that this move was not meant to show vengeance, but that the offices are meant to be used by the immediately preceding Speaker.

As Republican Representative Garret Graves argued, Pelosi was simply removed because she was no longer the immediately preceding Speaker. Now, McCarthy is the former Speaker who will be given access to those offices. Graves further claimed that this was a decision made by Pelosi herself as she was one of the people who voted to have McCarthy evicted.

Scott Perry, R-Pa., the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, similarly argued that these moves were not meant to show revenge and that because of the unexpected vacancy of the speaker’s office, the recently removed Speaker would now be given that office. He added that this was simply how the Capitol operated.

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