Will House Lawmakers Expel Matt Gaetz?

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(ConservativeHub.com) – On October 1, Fox News reported that House Republicans were preparing to try and expel Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., if an ethics committee investigation found he committed wrongdoing. This reveal came following his threats to push a vote to remove Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Days later, he, several other hardline Republicans, and over 200 Democrats voted to oust McCarthy from his position.

The House GOP has noted that they are waiting for the report from the Ethics Committee, which according to one member is mostly written, as reported by Fox News. Since 2021, the committee has been looking into allegations involving drugs, bribes, and campaign finance violations. One member of the House also claimed following Gaetz’s threats against McCarthy that no one in the House could stand him and that while he was smart, he did not have any morals.

In order for Gaetz to be expelled, two-thirds of the House would need to agree to his expulsion. The Republicans currently have a very slim majority in the House which is at just 433 members. The situation regarding Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., who has been federally indicted for money laundering, is also still unclear, which means that should any more Republicans be expelled, die, or retire the GOP majority could face trouble.

On Sunday morning during a CNN appearance, Gaetz said that he would be filing a motion to vacate McCarthy that week, and he followed through with it shortly after. He further claimed that someone needed to take action and that it was time for the party to move forward under different, trustworthy leadership. He claimed that there is one thing that they all had in common, which was that they did not trust McCarthy, who had allegedly lied to both House conservatives and Biden. He further claimed that the Speaker had made many “contradictory promises” in order to delay things.

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