Ohio GOP Sets Course To Remove Speaker Accused Of Bribery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican state representatives in Ohio signaled their intent Tuesday to remove the disgraced House speaker arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe, in a secret vote prompted by Larry

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder [AP Photo | Mark J. Terrill]
Householder’s refusal to voluntarily give up the seat.

The House will meet Thursday to consider a resolution to remove Larry Householder as Speaker, according to a release from House Republican leadership.

The meeting follows the release of a federal affidavit July 21 identifying Householder and four associates as part of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving millions of dollars of corporate money secretly funneled to them in exchange for passing legislation to bail out two nuclear plants.

Householder has not returned messages seeking comment and his attorney declined comment Tuesday.