CONGRESS: “Donald Trump has backed beleaguered congressman Kevin McCarthy for the next Speaker of the House, amid a chaotic battle for power on Capitol Hill…

But his pleas did not make a difference as Mr McCarthy lost two more rounds of voting.

Twenty conservative Republicans – all allies of the former president – refused to back down.

Colorado’s Lauren Boebert told the chamber that Mr Trump had spoken to her and other defectors ‘to tell us to knock this off’.

But in her nomination speech for an alternative Republican candidate, she said Mr Trump should instead call Mr McCarthy and tell him ‘it’s time to withdraw’.”

-BBC, “Lauren Boebert rejects Donald Trump’s call to back Kevin McCarthy,” bbc.com, January 4, 2023