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Rep. Cole says “the reservoir of goodwill is enormous” for Johnson amid the threat of impeachment

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) on Sunday rejected the impeachment threat against House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), claiming that it is a “relatively small number” of Republican lawmakers who want the chairman is removed from first place.

When asked on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” whether he believes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) motion to leave is a “real threat” to Johnson’s leadership, Cole said, “Well, I take everything seriously. But no, I don’t do that.”

“I honestly think it’s a relatively small number of Republican members, just like in McCarthy’s case there was only eight people,” he added, referring to the impeachment of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California ) last fall.

In McCarthy’s case, eight Republicans joined Democrats to impeach him. Cole noted that he doesn’t believe there is “unified Democratic support” against Johnson.

“I think both sides have now seen how dangerous this is, how irresponsible it is,” he said.

“The thing is, he (Johnson) has done a lot. I think people admire him. They really like him. They all respect him,” Cole later added. “Every Republican voted for him. I don’t think anyone else could have done that at the time other than Mike Johnson. The reservoir of goodwill is therefore enormous. I think he’s a lot stronger than people seem to think. And I think he has demonstrated that through what he has achieved.”

Greene filed a motion last month to vacate Johnson’s presidency after the House of Representatives passed a spending package to avoid a partial government shutdown hours before the deadline. The package received votes from both sides of the aisle but angered conservatives in the House of Representatives.

At the time, she called it “essentially a warning,” but rising tensions over aid to Ukraine have renewed the threat and she said Sunday that the motion “will come regardless of what Mike Johnson decides to do.”

She did not provide exact details on what might prompt her to table the motion, but called on Johnson to resign.

“Mike Johnson’s speakership is over. He must do the right thing by resigning and allowing us to move forward in a controlled process, and if he doesn’t, he will be fired,” she said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” on Sunday.

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