Republicans want to punish Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for agreeing to serve on Jan. 6 committee 

Calls to punish Republicans investigating the Capitol riots have grown after Rep. Adam Kinzinger accepted Nancy Pelosi‘s offer to serve on the Jan. 6 committee on Sunday.

He is the second Republican and outspoken Trump critic to take a seat on the committee at the behest of House Speaker Pelosi, after Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney joined the body earlier this month. 

Now, GOP members beyond the hard-right Freedom Caucus are calling for party leaders to remove the pair from other committees. 

‘There’s a lot,’ one Republican told CNN about the push. ‘Supporting Pelosi’s unprecedented move to reject McCarthy’s picks was a bridge too far.’   

Rep. Liz Cheney lost a party chairmanship for rejecting the 'big lie' that Trump won in November 2020 election

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (left) joined Liz Cheney (right) on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denied seats to two Trump supporters

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week pulled his five picks, which were given to Pelosi when she created the group. The move came after the speaker rejected two of McCarthy’s picks – Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks.

Pelosi told ABC News on Sunday morning the duo would ‘jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.’

Kinzinger agreed that the panel needed a ‘serious, clear-eyed non-partisan approach’.

‘Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th and I humbly accepted,’ the Illinois congressman wrote in a statement Sunday afternoon.

‘I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values,’ he continued, ‘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.’

Pelosi had said Sunday morning she was planning to tap Kinzinger as the second Republican on the select committee. Liz Cheney was part of the original eight members Pelosi selected for the panel earlier this month.

Kinzinger will join the other members at the committee’s first hearing on Tuesday.

‘I will work diligently to ensure we get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack fully accountable,’ he said in his Sunday statement.

Both Cheney and Kinzinger voted for Trump’s impeachment following the January 6 riot.

Their choice to join the riot committee may cost them other seats, as McCarthy had previously warned freshman Republicans to look to Pelosi for future committee appointments if they accepted her invitation.

‘Plenty of people wondering the same things,’ another GOP member told CNN. ‘If they are accepting appointments from Nancy Pelosi rather than the GOP, haven’t they already effectively left? Perhaps they should ask Speaker Pelosi for committee assignments?’ 

So far, there are no Trump supporters in the committee investigating the violent breach, which critics say was sparked by Trump’s calls to ‘stop the steal’ and ‘show strength’ during a rally that same day.

Kinzinger, who became a vocal Trump critic despite voting with him 90 per cent of the time, was the first Republican House member to call for the then-president’s removal from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she 'plans' to select Republican Kinzinger and 'other Republicans' for the committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she ‘plans’ to select Republican Kinzinger and ‘other Republicans’ for the committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack

Republicans are warning of 'endless retaliation' as a 'new level of partisanship' emerged when Pelosi rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (pictured) picks for the panel

Republicans are warning of ‘endless retaliation’ as a ‘new level of partisanship’ emerged when Pelosi rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (pictured) picks for the panel

Now, McCarthy is saying that the panel is not bipartisan – and instead just made up of people hand-selected by Pelosi who all share her same view that Trump is to blame for the Capitol attack.

‘Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation,’ McCarthy said in a Sunday statement after Kinzinger accepted a post on the panel.

He did not directly reference Kinzinger’s willingness to accept the speaker’s invitation.

‘The Speaker has structured this select committee to satisfy her political objectives,’ he added. ‘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. Instead, she has played politics.’

The California Republican said the Senate has already conducted successful bipartisan investigations that ‘should serve as a roadmap’ for the January 6 select committee.

What has Liz Cheney said about Trump? 

The 54-year-old Republican has represented Wyoming’s at-large congressional district since 2017. 

After the Jan. 6 breach, she said the president ‘summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.’

She voted to impeach Trump on Jan. 13. 

Her outspoken opposition to Trump’s ‘big lie’ has lost her a party chairmanship and led to a censure from her state party.

‘He’s unfit,’ she said of the former president after she was removed from party leadership. ‘He never again can be anywhere close to the Oval Office.’ 

A ‘neoconservative,’ she supports the military and opposes same-sex marriage, but has stood up against President Trump. 

‘Speaker Pelosi’s departure from this serious-minded approach has destroyed the select committee’s credibility,’ he insisted.

It is not clear if Pelosi will tap any more people to serve on the committee, but she did say ‘other Republicans’ have expressed interest in joining the panel. 

When asked by ABC on Sunday morning, ‘Will you be appointing more Republicans to the committee like Congressman Adam Kinzinger?’, Pelosi responded: ‘That would be my plan.’

ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos pushed Pelosi on when she will make an announcement.

‘Perhaps after I speak to Adam Kinzinger. But I’m not going to announce it right this minute,’ she said just moments before approaching the Illinois Republican.

‘You can say that that’s the direction I would be going on,’ she continued with a chuckle. ‘He and other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee.’ 

Pelosi said she ‘wanted to appoint three of the members that Leader McCarthy suggested, but he withdrew their names.’

‘The two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation. And there’s no way I would tolerate their antics as we seek the truth,’ she told ABC News on Sunday morning.

Pelosi, as House speaker, was able to veto two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarhty’s – Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana.

In response, Republicans warn there will be ‘endless retaliation’, according to a Sunday report, as the House becomes further divided.

‘I didn’t think things could get more partisan in the House than they already were,’ a top Republican aide told the Washington Examiner. ‘But Speaker Pelosi’s decision to remove Republicans from the January 6th Committee just took things to an entirely new level.’

‘When Republicans take back the House, expect endless retaliation,’ the aide said.

The House currently sits at a 220-211 divide with Democrats holding the majority, but Republicans are putting all their efforts into flipping the body back to red in the 2022 midterms.

The Senate is split 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.

McCarthy picked five Republicans for Pelosi’s committee earlier this month – Representatives Jordan, Banks, Troy Nehls of Texas, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Rodney Davis of Illinois. 

Jordan, Banks and Nehls all voted against certifying the 2020 election for Joe Biden by citing fraud in certain states on January 6.

But Pelosi, last week, vetoed Banks and Jordan’s appointment to the committee. She did not reject Nehls.

This caused McCarthy to pull all five of his picks.

Pelosi said Sunday she would have appointed three McCarthy's picks, but 'the two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.' She's speaking of Reps. Jim Banks (left) and Jim Jordan's (right) who she rejected for the committee

Pelosi said Sunday she would have appointed three McCarthy’s picks, but ‘the two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.’ She’s speaking of Reps. Jim Banks (left) and Jim Jordan’s (right) who she rejected for the committee

‘Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,’ McCarthy said at a press conference Wednesday.

‘Pelosi has broken this institution,’ he continued, while accusing the House speaker of an ‘egregious abuse of power.’

Pelosi on Thursday defended her decision to reject Jordan and Banks, saying their ‘antics’ were in danger of getting in the way of finding the truth behind what happened on January 6.

She said both lawmakers had a history of making statements that would have made it impossible for them to display ‘balanced judgment,’ including blaming the Biden administration for events that unfolded before it had even formed.

‘It is my responsibility as Speaker of the House, to make sure we get to the truth on this, and we will not let their antics stand in the way of that,’ she said during her weekly press briefing.

The panel is due to hold its first hearing next week into violence that left five people dead after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress as they moved to certify the Electoral College results.

It will hear from law enforcement officers who battled protesters.

Under the terms of the select committee, Pelosi was able to name eight members and McCarthy had five picks.

Among Pelosi’s picks was one Republican – Representative Liz Cheney, who broke ranks with her party, repeatedly voiced her disapproval of Trump and in May lost her Republican Conference chairwomanship.

The House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol (above) is due to meet for the first time next week as it probes the attack on Congress that left five people dead

The House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol (above) is due to meet for the first time next week as it probes the attack on Congress that left five people dead

Pelosi accepted three of the Republican nominations but rejected Jordan and Banks.  

The two Republicans are outspoken allies of former President Trump, leading to accusations that Pelosi was embarked on a witch hunt. McCarthy then withdrew all five of his nominations.

McCarthy expressed his outrage during a Thursday news conference. He questioned why Pelosi would object to Afghanistan veteran Banks but not Democratic Rep. Benny Thompson who dropped a lawsuit against Trump over the Jan. 6 riot in order to take up the committee’s chairmanship. 

‘It doesn’t matter today what she does with that committee, because it’s not going to change the outcome of what seems like a pre determined or already written report,’ he said.

Earlier Pelosi hit back against critics who accused her of being intent on taking down Trump.  

‘We’re there to get the truth, not to get Trump,’ she said spelling it out.

‘T-R-U truth. Trump that seems to be what the other side is obsessed with.

‘So as legislation allows I didn’t accept two of the five people were appointed, they had made statements and taken actions that I think would impact the integrity of the commission of the committee, the work as a committee,’ she said.

‘This is deadly serious. This is about our constitution, it’s about our country.’  

By way of example she cited a combative statement released by Banks on Monday evening in which he promised to use his role on the commission to investigate the response of the Biden administration to the riot.

‘There was no Biden administration on January so let’s not go into that,’ she said.

Republicans were prepared to focus their strategy on why Pelosi wasn’t more prepared for the attack.

‘There’s one fundamental question that I hope Democrats will actually answer and address and that is why wasn’t there a proper security presence that day?’ Jordan questioned after he was appointed by McCarthy.

‘And frankly, only the speaker can answer that question so let’s see if the Democrats bring that up,’ he added.

Pelosi’s spokesperson told DailyMail.com last Wednesday that the GOP strategy is ‘desperate’.

‘On January 6th, the Speaker, a target of an assassination attempt that day, was no more in charge of Capitol security than Mitch McConnell was,’ Drew Hammill said. ‘This is a clear attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6th and divert blame.’

At a rally in New York on July 25, right-wing protesters demanded the release of those arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that left five people dead and windows smashed

At a rally in New York on July 25, right-wing protesters demanded the release of those arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that left five people dead and windows smashed

They called for the release of more than 500 people arrested in connection with the breach

They called for the release of more than 500 people arrested in connection with the breach

He added: ‘I would hope the media would do better and treat this as the utter nonsense that it is.’

The GOP was also planning to highlight leftist political violence, including the 2020 summer riots and looting in response to police brutality.

‘The Democrats in the summer of 2020 normalized anarchy, they normalized rioting and looting,’ Jordan said. ‘So I think that’s an important element that we’ll have to point out.’

In his statement, after being named to the committee by McCarthy, Banks also promised to address questions being ignored by Democrats.

‘Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration,’ he said. 

‘I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.’

Two days later he accused Pelosi of running from the facts.

‘I’m a sitting member of Congress and served my country in Afghanistan and the Speaker knows how hard I will fight for my country,’ he said.

‘We said all along that this was a purely partisan exercise by the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of me and Jim Jordan shows once again she is the most partisan figure in America today.’ 

The panel has been beset by partisan wrangling from the off. Last month, all but two Republicans opposed the select committee in a House vote.

‘Why wasn’t there proper security presence?’: Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan blames Nancy Pelosi for rioters breaching the Capitol after she rejects his nomination for January 6 investigation committee 

Rep. Jim Jordan has blamed Nancy Pelosi for allowing rioters to breach the Capitol on January 6, saying it was her responsibility as Speaker to have a proper security presence in place.  

The Republican Congressman’s comments came after he and Jim Banks – both known Trump supporters – were rejected by Pelosi for serving on the special committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.

‘The fundamental question is why wasn’t there a proper security posture that day? It wasn’t like we didn’t know there was a rally in town. It wasn’t like we didn’t know it would be a big rally, after all it was a President Trump rally,’ the Ohio representative told Fox’s Tucker Carlson on Wednesday. 

‘Why wasn’t there a proper security presence? That is a question that only the speaker of the United States House of Representatives can answer.’

‘My guess is the reason she didn’t have the proper presence there is because – think about what happened last year. The Democrats normalized anarchy. 

‘They said oh, if you are a rioter or a looter, you are attacking police that we are defunding and you are destroying small business we are going to raise money to bail you out of jail. 

‘So with that background, she couldn’t have the presence that you need that day.’

Republicans have pushed the security question, trying to shift the focus of the riot to Democrats, who are focusing on Trump’s role.

Pelosi’s office has noted neither she nor Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who was leader of the Senate on January 6th, were in charge of security operations.

‘I will say again the Speaker of the House is not in charge of the security of the U.S. Capitol Complex any more than former Senate Majority Leader McConnell was on 1/6,’ Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill wrote on Twitter. 

Security in the Capitol is run by the US Capitol Police Board, which consists of the House Sergeant at Arms, the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the Architect of the Capitol, and the head of US Capitol Police. 


Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (right) blamed Nancy Pelosi for allowing rioters to breach the Capitol on January 6 because she didn't a property security presence in place on Fox's Tucker Carlson's Wednesday night show

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (right) blamed Nancy Pelosi for allowing rioters to breach the Capitol on January 6 because she didn’t a property security presence in place on Fox’s Tucker Carlson’s Wednesday night show

Jordan told Carlson that he believes his nomination to the committee was rejected because ‘she just doesn’t want to answer that fundamental question or any other questions,’ referring to his question about having security in place. 

Carlson agreed with Jordan, and added: ‘Immediately after January 6th, Pelosi called the army in, built a wall – ironically – around building for the Capitol police, her own Praetorian guard, et cetera. So she is clearly for law enforcement when they protect her.’

Pelosi used her power as speaker to reject Jordan and Banks from the special committee on Wednesday.

In response, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all five of his Republican nominees to the committee, prompting a day of finger pointing. 

Each side accused the other of playing politics with the panel tasked to study the origins and effects of the riot, which resulted in five deaths and damage to historic artifacts in the Capitol.

And each side feared with the other would ask: Democrats putting the focus on former President Donald Trump and his actions that day; Republicans questioning why there wasn’t enough security at the Capitol, which would have fallen under Pelosi’s purview as Speaker. 

McCarthy charged Pelosi with ‘playing politics’ and creating a ‘sham process’ with her decision to reject Banks and Jordan, both strong allies of Trump, from serving on the panel.

‘This is all political and we have known it from the start,’ Jordan told Carlson on his Wednesday show.  

Both Jordan and Banks voted to challenge certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory and have promoted the false argument that Trump actually won in 2020 and was the victim of election fraud.

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