House GOP erupts in division over call to push Johnson out of speakership: 'Working for Joe Biden'

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House Republicans are once again finding themselves at odds with each other as threats to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s leadership begin to emerge from the right flank of their conference.

"Anyone that wants to go in that direction is showing how unserious they are about us maintaining the majority," Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N. Y., told Fox News Digital about suggestions of filing a motion to vacate against Johnson, R-La.

"It looks like they're just trying to sabotage the future, and they're working for Joe Biden at that point."

GOP hardliners are furious over Johnson’s deal aimed at averting a government shutdown that he struck with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y. Several have previously told Fox News Digital that it put the conference in the same or worse position than after ousted former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., struck a similar deal with President Biden last spring.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said on "The Steve Deace Show" Tuesday of filing a possible motion to vacate, "I'm leaving it on the table. I'm not gonna say I'm gonna go file it tomorrow. I'm not saying I'm not going to file it tomorrow."

However, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N. Y., a conservative who is also skeptical of the deal so far, told Fox News Digital, "It's not our leader that's the problem, it's the leader in the Senate and the White House that’s the problem."

As part of a deal to win the speakership last January, McCarthy allowed the threshold for a motion to vacate — which triggers a vote to oust the House speaker — to just one lawmaker needed to trigger it.

Johnson, who took over the role in late October after McCarthy was ousted, did not change the rule.

Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Mo., a hardliner who opposes Johnson’s deal, told Fox News Digital Wednesday morning that he was "not one to start a fight" over his leadership but agreed the option should remain there.... (Read more)