The GOP has no interest in carrying out a genuine investigation into the January 6th Capitol insurrection because they realize that such a probe will likely implicate not only Donald Trump but the numerous other Republicans who boosted his Big Lie about the election.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made it abundantly clear that he’s approaching the January 6th select committee not as a concerned American but as a partisan hack by nominating Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) to sit on the committee. Thankfully, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected the nominations, recognizing them as McCarthy’s attempt to waylay the investigation by stocking it with unscrupulous hatchet men.
Instead, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) will serve on the bipartisan committee. Both of them have reputations for being extremely critical of Trump and the broader MAGA movement within their party and can be expected to follow the facts uncovered by the probe wherever they lead. As a result, they’re drawing the ire of other Republicans who see them as traitors to their party. Some are even beginning to demand that McCarthy punish the two of them for breaking ranks.
When asked about the possibility of punishing Cheney and Kinzinger for serving on the insurrection committee, McCarthy said “we’ll see.” He also said that he can’t recall the last time he spoke to either of them and disparaged them as “Pelosi Republicans.”
NBC’s Geoff Bennett reports via Twitter that Cheney has now addressed McCarthy’s remarks and characterized his use of the phrase “Pelosi Republican” as “pretty childish.”
“We’ve got very serious business here,” said Cheney. “We have important work to do.”
It’s comforting to see that there are still some Republicans more concerned with upholding the Constitution than remaining popular in the Cult of Trump, but at this point there’s no telling how much longer Cheney and Kinzinger will be allowed to even remain within the GOP. More importantly, why would they want to? As long as it remains shackled to Donald Trump, the GOP is beyond saving.
Rep. Liz Cheney says McCarthy calling her a "Pelosi Republican" is "pretty childish."
"We’ve got very serious business here," she says. "We have important work to do." https://t.co/aT761cLMgr
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 26, 2021
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.