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McCarthy Will Strip GOP Members of Committee Assignments for Serving on Pelosi’s Committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is fighting back against Republicans who may join Democrats’ latest witch hunt.

Punchbowl News reported that McCarthy will reportedly strip any Republican member of committee assignments if they serve on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee.

“During a closed-door meeting with freshman House Republicans, McCarthy said: If they do, ‘they better be ready to get all their committee assignments from her,” the outlet reported.

“Republicans, McCarthy said, get their committee assignments from Republicans — not from Democrats. Or else,” the report continued.

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Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney may get her chance to go after Donald Trump.

Last week, Pelosi named Cheney to her new select committee to investigate the January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

Cheney said in a statement that she is “honored” to serve on the committee and that “Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814.”

Under the resolution to create the panel, Pelosi would appoint eight members and McCarthy would name five.

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Pelosi knows this is all about politics, so she may select a Republican who is vehemently against Donald Trump to serve on the committee so she appears “bipartisan.”

For her part, Cheney has refused to back down in her feud with Donald Trump.

Back in May, House Republicans removed Cheney as GOP conference chair over her opposition to Trump.

“If you want leaders who will enable and spread [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from,” Cheney said at the time before the vote.

According to a report, Cheney “secretly orchestrated” an op-ed in the Washington Post from all living former secretaries of defense slamming Trump’s handling of the military in January, according to the New Yorker.

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A good friend of Cheney’s, Eric Edelman, reportedly told the New Yorker that Cheney had personally met with all 10 living former defense secretaries, including Trump’s first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, urging them to participate in the op-ed.

“She was the one who generated it because she was so worried about what Trump might do,” Edelman told the magazine. “It speaks to the degree that she was concerned about the threat to our democracy that Trump represented.”

Cheney has also been very much in favor of a partisan Jan. 6 commission.

“What happened on Jan. 6 is unprecedented in our history. And I think that it’s very important that the commission be able to focus on that,” Cheney said a few months ago.

Cheney added more fuel to their feud when she was asked if Trump should be prosecuted for his role in Jan. 6 attacks.

Back in February, Wyoming Republican officials overwhelmingly voted in favor of censuring Cheney and called on her to resign.

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In the state’s censure resolution, the Wyoming GOP accused Cheney of violating “the spirit” of GOP caucus rules by disclosing her intention to impeach Trump “prior to having any evidence presented” in the House of Representatives.

They also accused Cheney of violating the trust of Wyoming voters, and claimed registered Republicans across the state and country were leaving the party because of Cheney.

Furthermore, the committee called on Cheney to “immediately resign from her position and allow the Wyoming Republican Party to nominate her replacement.”

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