Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) brought forth a resolution that would expel Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) from the Republican conference in the House after they accepted appointments to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Jan. 6 commission, the Washington Examiner reported.
Biggs’ resolution would immediately expel from the conference any person who sits on a committee to which they were not appointed by the Republican leader or the House Republican steering committee. While a few other GOP House members from the Freedom Caucus supported the resolution, it lacked enough support to pass.
“The reality is, they’re now basically working with and for the Democrats, and so it’d be awkward for them to be sitting in our committee while we talk about policy, put, you know, strategy and how to stop bad policy from the Democrats and advance good policy from us. It’d be really awkward,” Biggs told the Examiner.
“The microphones at conference always seem to work when our leadership is asking people to pledge money. And when that portion of the meeting concludes, there’s just a real series of technical difficulties that seem to always arise,” Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) said Tuesday while walking with Biggs to and from votes.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called the pair “Pelosi Republicans” after they agreed to be on the Jan. 6 committee despite Pelosi’s rejection of two of McCarthy’s recommendations for the panel. McCarthy reacted by removing all five from consideration.
“What should be done to Liz now? I don’t know. I think they’re kind of doing it to themselves,” Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R) told the Examiner Monday. “They’re on an island over here, and they’re choosing teams at this point, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, so I’m totally fine saddling up with the speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives, who, by the way, is killing our country at the border, killing our country on spending.’ … They’re isolating themselves.”
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Il), whom McCarthy had appointed to the commission, described it to Fox & Friends as having “eight Democrats and two others,” signifying that he no longer considers Kinzinger and Cheney Republicans.
Whether the GOP makes their censure and isolation of Kinzinger and Cheney official, it is happening in an unofficial way.
Select committee begins
The select committee will begin meeting this week, The Wall Street Journal noted, planning how it will approach the investigation into the Capitol breach that took place on Jan. 6.
Pelosi’s commission plans to call several witnesses, including former President Donald Trump administration officials and possibly even Trump himself, and to use congressional subpoena power to do so.
The speaker plans to use the committee as a club with which to bludgeon Trump and his allies in the GOP, likely with the intention of damaging Republicans in the lead up to the 2022 midterms, that much is perfectly clear.
McCarthy, Biggs, and others are well within their rights to denounce any Republican participation in the sham investigatory commission.