[guest post by Dana]
[Ed. – If you don’t like posts about the Jan. 6 Committee’s efforts to hold accountable anyone involved in the events of Jan. 6, no matter who they are, and the sad state of today’s Republican Party, then you might want to skip this post.]
More than 40 conservative figures sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday urging him to remove Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from the House GOP conference.
The group, which includes a number of Trump allies, said the two Republicans should be booted from the House conference “due to their egregious actions” as members of the House select committee that is tasked with investigating the circumstances around the Jan. 6 riot.
“As you are aware, this committee has no formal representation from Republicans. Both Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger serve at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.),” the conservatives wrote.
Let’s look at that again: It is an “egregious action” for Republican members to work with Democrats to investigate the events of Jan. 6 and work toward a common goal of identifying the participants and holding them accountable. To assume that Cheney and Kinzinger are rolling over to Democrats because they answered Pelosi’s call is to ignore their intelligence, conservative voting records, and their decision to honor their oath to protect the Constitution.
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 hasn’t responded to the letter, but Kinzinger’s spokesperson released this statement:
It’s sad but not surprising that politicians who push conspiracy theories to their constituents and outright lie for their own personal gain are threatened by Congressman Kinzinger, a truth-seeking Member of Congress who respects the institution he serves, the people he represents, and the oath he took to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution.
This is a shot across the bow of any Republicans who might be weighing out whether it’s time to take a stand and push back against the MAGA stranglehold on the Republican Party. And it’s especially a warning to any Republican members to not offer public support to Cheney and Kinzinger. The message from those pushing to eject Cheney and Kinzinger is pretty simple but carries an immense warning: Protect the Constitution of the United States at your own peril even if you swore an oath to do so.