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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met privately with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to discuss her litany of controversial political stances before huddling with members of the powerful panel that decides committee assignments.
The Tuesday night meeting between McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Greene (R-Ga.) lasted about 90 minutes and took place in his Capitol office.
Afterward, the No. 2 GOP lawmaker summoned members of the House Republican Steering Committee for a late-night meeting to discuss the matter.
The Steering Committee assigns fellow party members to powerful committees, and is in itself an extremely influential panel to be on.
Greene has not commented on the meeting directly, but appeared to acknowledge it in a post on Twitter which included a screenshot of reporting on the meeting.
In a series of tweets, the fringe-right lawmaker slammed Democrats and argued that McCarthy would never be able to compromise enough for the opposing party.
“No matter what @GOPLeader does it would never be enough for the hate America Democrats,” she wrote.
During her meeting with McCarthy, according to Politico, the Republican leader offered Greene, who sits on the House Education and Labor Committee, a few options.
Marjorie Taylor Greene in Dalton, GeorgiaAP
One option would be to denounce QAnon and apologize publicly for publicly backing conspiracy theories and supporting calls for violence against Democrats. Another, McCarthy reportedly offered, would be for Greene to remove herself from the committee.
The third option would be for Greene to do nothing, and risk being removed by a vote on the House floor from both the Education panel and the House Budget Committee, which she also serves on.
Despite Democrats controlling the House, there is considerable GOP appetite to remove Greene from her committee assignments.
According to Politico, McCarthy told members of the Steering Committee during their late night meeting that he would try to broker a deal with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to avoid a floor vote on Greene.
The top House Republican said he would offer to pull the freshman lawmaker from the Education and Labor Committee if Democrats backed off their plans to vote to remove her from both panels.
A decision was not reached on the issue of Greene’s assignments, but GOP lawmakers on the Steering Committee will meet again Wednesday to discuss it further.
Asked by CNN if GOP leadership had made any call about the controversial Republican, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said, “No, we’re going to be working through some things.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, wears a “Trump Won” mask during a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes of the 2020 presidential election in the House ChamberBloomberg via Getty Images
A spokesperson for McCarthy did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on his meetings with Greene or the Steering Committee.
Pressure on Republicans has only escalated in recent weeks to address Greene’s behavior, especially in the wake of the Capitol riot.
In a public rebuke on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called Green’s “looney lies” a “cancer” on the party.
“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor.
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
With Post Wires