Conservatives Push McCarthy to Boot Jan. 6 Reps. Cheney, Kinzinger From GOP
A conservative group is calling on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to boot Jan. 6 Select Committee Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., from House Republican Conference.
“As duly elected representatives, Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger are free to serve in the House, but they should no longer do so with the privileges granted to members of the House Republican Conference,” the Conservatives Action Project wrote in a letter to McCarthy on Wednesday. “They should no longer be given access to the benefits of a conference they actively seek to undermine.
“We ask that the GOP conference meet immediately to vote on stripping Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger from their membership in the GOP conference. We further inform you that conservative leaders are launching a nationwide movement to add citizens’ voices to this effort.”
Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans on the House panel probing the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6, tapped to serve over party objections to the committee’s focus and scope. They skirted the wishes of McCarthy by joining the Jan. 6 Select Committee at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request.
That came after McCarthy had pulled all of the Republican nominees for the committee in response to a Pelosi move to discard proposed GOP members she felt were too closely aligned with Trump.
McCarthy’s five candidates included neither Cheney nor Kinzinger because of their public anti-Trump statements.
Kinzinger and Cheney were the long Republicans to vote Tuesday night for a House resolution recommending the Justice Department weigh a contempt indictment against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
He has recently opted not to limit his cooperation with the panel’s subpoena, questioning the panel’s legitimacy and raising the legal argument he is bound by Trump’s claim to executive privilege, despite now being a former president. The communications Jan. 6 came while Trump was president, Meadows argued.
“The actions of Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger on behalf of House Democrats have given supposedly bipartisan justification to an overtly partisan political persecution that brings disrespect to our country’s rule of law, legal harassment to private citizens who have done nothing wrong, and which demeans the standing of the House,” the group’s letter added. Continue reading at Newsmax.
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