According to Washington Post, House Conservatives are quietly plotting the removal of House Speaker Paul Ryan.
As WaPo writes, several influential House Conservatives are secretly plotting ways to use the legislative calendar this fall the agenda – including private discussions about possibly mounting a leadership challenge to Paul Ryan.
The group has gone so far as to bring the idea of appointing former House speaker Newt Gingrich or even former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum as potential replacements for Paul Ryan. However, the Constitution does not allow an elected member of the House to serve as speaker.
While the odds that a non-House member could mount a high threat to Ryan are exceedingly thin, the fact that these GOPers came with the idea to threat Paul Ryan tells a lot.
As WaPo reveals, the secret conversations are being led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House freedom Caucus, in consultations with some other top allies on the right, in particular Steve Bannon. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and other Freedom Caucus members are also involved in the talks.