Some very high-profile Republicans are urging House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to hold a vote to expel Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney from the GOP.
I don’t think they went far enough. McCarthy himself should be added to the other two. He is a disgrace. We’ve had John Boehner and Paul Ryan and the last thing we need is McCarthy.
Remember, McCarthy defended Cheney after her vote for impeachment, and again the first time they tried to remove her from the leadership of the party. It wasn’t until his own future became in doubt that he relented and allowed her to be removed.
Jim Jordan would look awfully good with the gavel, don’t you think?
A group of very high-profile conservatives sent a letter to McCarthy, calling for a vote to send Cheney and Kinzinger officially to the Democratic Party. They are voting with Pelosi most of the time anyway. The signers of the letter include American Conservative Union president Matt Schlapp, Club for Growth president David McIntosh and former Sen. Jim DeMint.
The letter read in part:
“As part of [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi’s team, Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger have deliberately sought to undermine the privacy and due process of their fellow Republicans, and those of private citizens, with improperly issued subpoenas and other investigatory tactics designed not to pursue any valid legislative end, but merely to exploit for the sake of political harassment and demagoguery.”
The letter claims that the J6 Committee is nothing more than an “overtly partisan political persecution,” alleging that it “demeans the standing of the House.”
The select committee was formed after Senate Republicans killed a bill that would have established a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol riot, when Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Kinzinger and Cheney have repeatedly criticized former President Donald Trump for his repeated, baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged, a stance which has made them both pariahs among their caucus and cost Cheney her spot in Republican leadership.
McCarthy, who is seen as the likely speaker if Republicans win back the House in 2022, has not explicitly said whether he plans to hold a caucus-wide vote on stripping Kinzinger, who is retiring after this term, and Cheney of their spots in the GOP conference. A spokesman for him did not immediately respond to a request for comment.