Steve King’s office admits he’s being ‘carefully’ evaluated by House leaders

More than 400 House aides signed an open letter calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to take action against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for his recent comments. The letter,…

Steve King’s office admits he’s being ‘carefully’ evaluated by House leaders

More than 400 House aides signed an open letter calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to take action against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for his recent comments.

The letter, written by Maura Harty, former chief of staff to now-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, went out on Aug. 15. The notice reads:

“A spokesperson for Leader Pelosi and Speaker Ryan has said the caucus is looking into these remarks, but has not had any positive result. We don’t think they are sufficiently serious. We have had over 500 pages submitted on this topic. We are not happy with the result. We write this as members of the House of Representatives to have the leadership address this issue in the House of Representatives and to have leadership stand up and make it very clear to Rep. King, and to members of Congress: repugnant, even un-American remarks will not be tolerated. Silence is not an option.”

Ryan spokesperson AshLee Strong issued a statement Monday saying, “We are aware of the letter and have no further comment at this time.”

Ryan and other GOP leaders have long endorsed King’s re-election bid, a seat the state’s GOP won in a landslide last year. However, a series of viral videos over the past few months depicting King making what many have deemed anti-Muslim remarks has caused top GOP leaders to denounce the Iowa Republican.

Faced with mounting pressure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others, King backed down and apologized for his remarks following a Congressional Black Caucus rally.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, has called for King to be kicked out of the House.

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