According to Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump plans to endorse Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for Speaker of the House. Jordan, the House Judiciary Chair, is among those favored to pick up the gavel. “President Trump plans to officially endorse Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House according to Sean Hannity,” the Calvin Coolidge Project noted.
Jordan earlier expressed on Hannity his openness to Trump becoming Speaker.
On Thursday, Jordan said he had a “great conversation” with Donald Trump about the Speaker opening.
Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday he had a "great conversation" with former President Donald Trump about Jordan's bid to become the next House speaker but wouldn't say if he has Trump's support. pic.twitter.com/TrtxDmlrlB
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The former president disclosed on Wednesday that he has been fielding calls about the possibility of becoming the next speaker of the House of Representatives, but the legal disputes plaguing the Republican Party may keep him on the campaign trail and away from Capitol Hill.
“A member of the Republican Leadership shall step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years’ imprisonment may be imposed,” the Republican Conference Rules of the 118th Congress state.
Trump faces a total of 91 charges in four separate criminal cases, and if convicted, he faces up to 712 years and six months in prison.
These provisions could be modified to accommodate Speaker Trump.
Trump, 77, has already been identified as the preferred speaker candidate by at least two House Republicans. However, a little-known House GOP rule prohibiting those with felony indictments from serving in the role could render him ineligible for the position.
Reps. Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise are the leading candidates to replace Kevin McCarthy, who was voted out of his position as speaker of the House on Tuesday in an unprecedented move.
Donald Trump’s endorsement, when it is officially made, would certainly do much to sway the ultimate decision among the GOP about the next Speaker of the House.