GOP congressional candidates in Alabama are lining up behind a proposal to install former president Donald Trump as Speaker of the House, which has been pushed by the likes for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Three of the six candidates for the seat held by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who's running for Senate, endorsed Trump for speaker during a forum on Tuesday night, according to a report from AL.com.
The candidates were asked, "What would be your position on joining the Freedom Caucus (the conservative wing of the House)? Do you want to join? And do you have a choice for Speaker of the House?"
Candidate Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army who serves as superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, responded: "President Trump for Speaker. And the Freedom Caucus, that’s the strongest group of tough conservatives in Congress that stick together against the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and the big spenders.”
Harrison Wright, a 24-year-old candidate who lists no occupation on his campaign website, said: “I would consider joining the Freedom Caucus. And also I’d consider creating a new caucus, which is called the America First Conference. And when it comes to Speaker of the House, I couldn’t agree more with Casey Wardynski -- Donald Trump or Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
Andy Blalock, an Athens schoolteacher and businessman, said: "I would also put Donald Trump in as Speaker of the House and then I would impeach President Biden, which I’ve called on several times for his Afghanistan withdrawal. And then I would impeach (Vice President) Kamala Harris."
Paul Sanford, a businessman and former state senator, said he'd support Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for speaker, while the other two candidates indicated they were undecided.
The Boston Globe reported last month that while the idea of installing Trump as speaker sounds bizarre, it's not impossible.
"Although every previous speaker has been an elected House member, the Constitution does not require it and scholars agree there is nothing legally preventing Republicans from electing Trump to the job," the newspaper reported. "Analysts think it’s unlikely to happen and some have cautioned against giving the notion too much attention, but the past few years have shown that even the most outrageous scenarios — like a president refusing to concede an election he clearly lost — can’t entirely be dismissed."
Giuliani subpoena demands he turn over evidence for voter fraud lies — and what he was paid to push them
On Wednesday, CNN reported that the House January 6 Committee's subpoena for Rudy Giuliani requires him to hand over any evidence he purported to have for his claims about the 2020 presidential election being stolen — as well as information about his fees to push these claims in his capacity as an attorney.
"Congressional investigators are demanding information from former President Donald Trump's onetime lawyer Rudy Giuliani about contacts with members of Congress and state election officials, his fee arrangements and any evidence to back up bogus and sometimes outlandish claims of voter fraud," reported Paula Reid. "The subpoena also seeks information about Giuliani's failed attempt to use unfounded conspiracies to justify seizing voting machines and about meetings he participated in at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, where several Trump allies set up a 'command center' to discuss options for overturning the election results."
According to the report, the subpoena for "kraken" attorney Sidney Powell, issued at the same time, also asks about her meetings with Trump.
A report last year indicated that Trump instructed his staff not to pay the fees Giuliani had been promised for his legal work on the election. Trump has also reportedly not lifted a finger to help with Giuliani's legal defense.
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During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.
“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”
“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.
Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.
\u201cWhat are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they\u2019re for.\u201d \u2014 President Bidenpic.twitter.com/b9V8NwUzwC— The Recount (@The Recount) 1642627373
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