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Report: Trump Close to Endorsing Jim Jordan for House Speaker

Report: Trump Close to Endorsing Jim Jordan for House Speaker
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio (AP)

Thursday, 05 October 2023 09:58 PM EDT

Donald Trump is close to endorsing Congressman Jim Jordan to replace ousted U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Fox News reported on Thursday, as the chamber's fractious Republicans try to unify in the aftermath of McCarthy's historic fall.

The report from Fox anchor Sean Hannity follows earlier news that Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden, could agree to replace McCarthy for a short time.

Republican U.S. Representative Troy Nehls said late on Thursday he had spoken to Trump, who told him that he would endorse Jordan.

"Just had a great conversation with President Trump about the Speaker's race. He is endorsing Jim Jordan, and I believe Congress should listen to the leader of our party," Nehls said on X, formerly called Twitter.

Two Republican lawmakers are campaigning for the speakership: Representative Steve Scalise, who was second to McCarthy on the leadership ladder, and Jordan, an outspoken conservative from Ohio who has led investigations into the Biden administration.

Republicans, who control the House of Representatives by a narrow 221-212 margin, are due to hold a closed-door forum for candidates seeking the speakership on Tuesday, a meeting that the former Republican president said he could attend. A vote is expected the next day.

But acrimony and resentment over McCarthy's ouster could make nominating a new speaker a challenge for House Republicans.

Although House rules do not require the speaker to be a member of Congress, Trump already has a lot on his plate as he faces four upcoming criminal trials, two related to his attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat.

House Republican rules prohibit a speaker who is under felony indictment.

Trump spent much of the start of the week in New York, where his civil fraud trial was getting under way, with the former reality TV star drawing the spotlight over repeated verbal attacks on the U.S. legal system, drawing a gag order from the judge.

Trump's pull with House Republicans has been tested at times this year. Republicans initially did not respond to Trump's call to elect McCarthy as speaker, waiting three days before doing so and subjecting McCarthy to a grueling 15 rounds of voting.

Trump has been indicted on 91 felony counts in four separate criminal cases including two that accuse him of illegally trying to subvert his 2020 presidential election loss.

Republican congressional leadership sources either did not respond to a request for comment or declined to comment on the possibility of Trump's becoming speaker.

The meeting on Tuesday would be Trump's first visit to Capitol Hill since his supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, to try to prevent lawmakers from certifying his 2020 White House loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

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Donald Trump is close to endorsing Congressman Jim Jordan to replace ousted U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Fox News reported on Thursday, as the chamber's fractious Republicans try to unify in the aftermath of McCarthy's historic fall.
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