Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene fails to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced a motion to vacate the House Speaker post on Wednesday afternoon.

The House chamber booed as Rep. Greene called for Speaker Mike Jonnson’s removal.  

"Mike Johnson has aided and abetted the Democrats," Rep. Greene told the chamber.

The House voted 359-43 to table the motion. Among the 359 were 196 Republicans. That included 11 Republicans. Seven people were absent.

Rep. Greene calls for Speaker Johnson's removal

Greene pressed ahead with her long-shot effort despite pushback from Republicans at the highest levels tired of the political chaos.  

One of Donald Trump's biggest supporters in Congress, Greene stood on the House floor and read a long list of "transgressions" she said Johnson had committed as speaker. Colleagues booed in protest. 

It was the second time in a matter of months that Republicans have tried to oust their own speaker, an unheard-of level of party turmoil, with a move rarely seen in U.S. history. 

Greene of Georgia criticized Johnson's leadership as "pathetic, weak and unacceptable." 

GOP lawmakers filtered towards Johnson, giving him pats on the back and grasping his shoulder to assure him of their support. 

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise quickly moved to table the effort - essentially stopping it from going forward. The motion to table was swiftly approved. 

The Georgia Republican had vowed she would force a vote on the  motion to vacate the Republican speaker if he dared to advance a foreign aid package with funds for Ukraine, which was  overwhelmingly approved late last month and signed into law.   

But in recent days it seemed her efforts had cooled, as she and Johnson met repeatedly for a potential resolution.  

Johnson of Louisiana marched on, saying he had been willing to take the risk, believing it was important for the U.S. to back Ukraine against Russia's invasion and explaining he wanted to be on  the "right side of history ."  

"I just have to do my job every day," Johnson said Monday. 

In a highly unusual move, the speaker received a boost from Democrats led by Rep.  Hakeem Jeffries of New York, whose leadership team had said it was  time to "turn the page" on the GOP turmoil and vote to table Greene's resolution - almost ensuring Johnson's job is saved, for now.   

Trump also weighed in after Johnson trekked to Mar-a-Lago for a visit, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee giving the speaker his  nod of approval . And Trump's hand-picked leader at the Republican National Committee urged House Republicans off the move.   

The move now poses its own political risks for Greene.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story is being reported out of Atlanta. This story is breaking. Check back for details.