The internal war in Congress between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is reaching a fever pitch, and it’s showing up in appointments to the select committee on the Jan. 6 riot.
After rejecting some of McCarthy’s selections to the committee, which caused him to withdraw all five of his picks, Pelosi is blatantly appointing every single GOP Trump-hater she can find to the panel, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), as The Hill reported Sunday.
Currently, Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans who have been named to the panel, leaving four vacancies. Both Republicans voted to impeach Donald Trump earlier this year, and were critical of him long before they sought to blame him for the events of Jan. 6.
“Let me be clear, I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution — and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer,” Kinzinger said upon his appointment to the committee, which will begin its investigation — one that McCarthy has called a “sham” — this week.
A sham committee
In his statement, Kinzinger claimed he would be “non-partisan” while at the same time calling the January riot “the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814.”
“This moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, non-partisan approach,” he declared, according to The Hill. “We are duty-bound to conduct a full investigation on the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 and to make sure it can never happen again.”
McCarthy and others who have continued to support former President Trump as a part of the GOP’s present and future are now boycotting the committee, which, of course, has always been a sham. Its nature is now far more evident to the public, however.
McCarthy slammed the appointment of Kinzinger on Sunday in a statement and said that the conference would look at whether to punish Cheney and Kinzinger for participating in the committee.
“The Speaker has structured this select committee to satisfy her political objectives. She had months to work with Republicans on a reasonable and fair approach to get answers on the events and security failures surrounding January 6,” he said, according to the New York Post.
“Instead, she has played politics,” McCarthy added of Pelosi. “Lost in much of the news coverage is the fact that the Senate has already conducted bipartisan investigations that should serve as a roadmap for the House.”
But acknowledging that would take away Pelosi and Trump-hating Republicans’ chance to spend weeks or even months pontificating about how horrible Trump and his ally Republicans are, which is what the entire committee is really all about.
The good news is, the public seems to already be getting tired of the constant Trump-bashing, and will hopefully ignore the attempt to use the committee to beat up on the former president and his party, not to mention spreading what will likely be lies about the events of Jan. 6, 2021.