California Rep. Kevin McCarthy won a late night vote to become Speaker of the House on Friday night after Donald Trump called Matt Gaetz, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to The Post Millennial.
Gaetz was leading the charge to oppose McCarthy along with Rep Lauren Boebert. Reportedly, Gaetz held influence over the last four holdouts Biggs, Crane, Good and Rosenthal.
This after McCarthy made major concessions to the 20 GOP holdouts who spent the week vocally opposing his leadership. Those concessions, however, were not as key as the head of the MAGA movement insisting its members stop rejecting the victory of a GOP-led House.
The final vote saw the hold-outs Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, Crane, Good and Rosenthal not stand in the way of McCarthy's leadership.
This after a vote earlier on Friday saw the flip of 14 in the GOP who had been consistently voting against his speakership.
Florida's freshman Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna posted some of the concessions made by McCarthy. She had offered her vote for McCarthy on Friday, making a note in the House of the successful negotiations between the Trump-backed speaker hopeful from California and the MAGA contingent.
These concessions include: allowing a single congressman to offer a motion to vacate the Speaker's chair, the creation of a Church-style committee, allowing a vote on term limits, single-subject bills as opposed to the expansive bills that include masses of pork spending that is entirely off-topic from the bill being proposed, such as adding congressmen's per projects to defense funding bills, a plan for the Texas border, a balanced budget amendment, ending all emergency Covid measures and funding, and allowing members to have 72 hours to read a bill.
McCarthy reportedly agreed to Rep. Thomas Massie at the head of the new Church Committee.
The Church Committee, convened in 1975, "investigated and identified a wide range of intelligence abuses by federal agencies, including the CIA, FBI, Internal Revenue Service, and National Security Agency. In the course of their work, investigators identified programs that had never before been known to the American public, including NSA’s Projects SHAMROCK and MINARET, programs which monitored wire communications to and from the United States and shared some of that data with other intelligence agencies. Committee staff researched the FBI’s long-running program of 'covert action designed to disrupt and discredit the activities of groups and individuals deemed a threat to the social order,' known as COINTELPRO. The FBI included among the program’s many targets organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the anti-Vietnam War movement, and individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as local, state, and federal elected officials.
Once the full report from the Committee was released, it was revealed that "Investigators determined that, beginning with President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration and continuing through the early 1970s, 'intelligence excesses, at home and abroad,' were not the 'product of any single party, administration, or man,' but had developed as America rose to a become a superpower during a global Cold War."
Earlier on Friday, a 12th round of voting, 14 GOP representatives who had previously withheld their support from Rep. Kevin McCarthy cast their vote in support. Despite this, McCarthy did not reach the threshold required, leading to the late-night session.
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