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Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming are serving on the partisan January 6th Commission to “investigate” the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol.
And now, some GOP colleagues are looking to push Cheney and Kinzinger out of the party.
“The reality is, they’re now basically working with and for the Democrats, and so it’d be awkward for them to be sitting in our committee while we talk about policy, put, you know, strategy and how to stop bad policy from the Democrats and advance good policy from us. It’d be really awkward,” Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told the Washington Examiner.
Biggs “brought up a resolution during a House Republican conference meeting on Tuesday to expel immediately from the conference any person who sits on a committee that they were not appointed to by the Republican leader or the House Republican steering committee,” the Examiner reported.
Biggs also expressed his sentiments in a tweet attacking the two Never-Trumpers:
We should help them out the door by formalizing their departure.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) July 27, 2021
Other Republicans have sounded off against Cheney and Kinzinger for serving on the committee.
Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana made similar comments: “I am extremely supportive of Representative Biggs’ resolution, which he attempted to introduce today. You can’t spend halftime in the opponent’s locker room and expect the team to welcome you back for the rest of the game. I hope the GOP Conference will seriously consider this.”
“What should be done to Liz now? I don’t know. I think they’re kind of doing it to themselves,” Texas Rep. Chip Roy said.
“They’re on an island over here, and they’re choosing teams at this point, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, so I’m totally fine saddling up with the speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives, who, by the way, is killing our country at the border, killing our country on spending.’ … They’re isolating themselves,” Roy added.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Cheney and Kinzinger “Pelosi Republicans.”
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has rejected the appointments of Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks to the January 6 commission.
McCarthy responded by pulling all of his picks from the Committee.
They were appointed, with three other Republicans, by Rep. McCarthy days ago in an effort to cooperate with the Democrat-led committee as he was requested to do.
But Pelosi appointed Kinzinger and Cheney, and they have decided to stay on the partisan committee.
Jordan responded to her rejection of his appointment on his Twitter account.
“Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade,” he said.
Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade. https://t.co/wGRO9fV2kt
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 21, 2021
Rep. Banks has been one of the Republicans most against the idea of the committee.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” he said.
“I have accepted Leader McCarthy’s appointment to this committee because we need leaders who will force the Democrats and the media to answer questions so far ignored. Among them, why was the Capitol unprepared and vulnerable to attack on January 6?” the representative said.
“I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration,” he said.