Former President Donald Trump is set to make a visit to Capitol Hill next week as the House of Representatives deliberates on the election of a new speaker. This move comes in the wake of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s removal from the position, triggering a race to fill the role.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Trump, who is the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination, intends to engage with members of the House Republican Conference on Tuesday to provide his input on the selection of the next speaker. The details of the visit are still being finalized.
This decision to visit Washington, D.C., won’t affect Trump’s campaign stop in New Hampshire on Monday, marking his return to the critical presidential primary state after a two-month hiatus.
The ousting of McCarthy, a Republican from California, occurred following a motion to vacate introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. Gaetz accused McCarthy of reneging on promises made to secure the speakership in January, leading to an unprecedented vote to remove McCarthy from the speakership.
Since McCarthy’s removal, both Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, House Majority Whip, have declared their candidacies for the speakership.
It remains unclear whom Trump will endorse for the position, leaving a degree of suspense within the GOP ranks. Gaetz, in a recent interview, spoke highly of both Jordan and Scalise, emphasizing the positive impact either candidate would have on the Republican conference.
With the GOP conference’s ongoing support for Jordan’s bid for speaker, questions have arisen about his potential successor as the House Judiciary Committee chairman. This committee plays a crucial role in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, alongside the House Oversight and Ways & Means Committees.
Capitol Hill sources suggest that Gaetz himself might have aspirations for the chairmanship but indicated his backing for a colleague, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson, as the ideal choice to lead the Judiciary Committee if Jordan secures the speakership.
Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill adds a new layer of intrigue to the evolving dynamics of the Republican Party as they select their new leader in the House.