The California Republican also pushed for a ground vote on Monday evening demanding that Pelosi accept the speaker’s original selection for the panel, which she vetoed. While this effort inevitably failed, it once again put Cheney and Kinzinger in the same camp with the Democratic Party, as they are the only Republicans to vote in favor of the move.
“They foolishly sided with the Democrats in a way that questioned their desire to be a part of our conference,” said Chip Roy, a Texas-born Republican. But I will let the leader decide what the way forward is.”
“The problem isn’t that there are Republicans on the committee. The problem is who elects the Republicans and the Republicans to be elected,” North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
“I would argue that if they think it’s going to gain any credibility with 50% of the country, actually those two (Cheney and Kinzinger) probably — there’s a particular level of nationwide disdain,” Armstrong said. Said.
Two Republican rebels are about to find themselves even more isolated when they embark on a consequential investigation into the Capitol attack, which the rest of their parties have deemed unnecessary and in some cases tried to prevent it from happening altogether. The high-profile presence of Cheney and Kinzinger on the panel, whom Democrats relied on to bring bipartisan legitimacy to the investigation, undoubtedly put them directly in the intra-party firing line.
And Democrats vying for the defense are a sign of how the politically dangerous post has made Kinzinger and Cheney loveable to the left, but making them even bigger pariahs on the right.
Speaking after a White House Rose Garden event on Monday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer objected to the notion that rock-flushed conservative Cheney, who comes from a Republican political dynasty, and Kinzinger, a former Air Force pilot from the Midwest, are liberals. Pelosi’s assistants.
“The difference is and that’s the key, they both believe in the truth,” Hoyer told MSNBC. “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It should be a search for truth, intellectually honest, and that’s what Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger would do.”
Pelosi spokesperson Robyn Patterson said: “Not only does Congressman Cheney have a more conservative voting history than Minority Leader McCarthy, but as recently as last year, McCarthy praised him for doing a ‘great job’ as leader of the House Republican Conference.” said. In a statement.
On behalf of Cheney and Kinzinger, they ignore what the GOP leader calls the “childish” name-calling and make it clear that it’s not about Pelosi, the party, or politics, but rather an oath to the Constitution.
“We have serious business here,” Cheney said just before entering an elected committee meeting. “We have important work to do.”
And in an unconventional move Monday afternoon, Republican members of the elite committee joined the Democrats for a preparatory session, walking between the lines of questioning and previewing some of the never-before-released videos of the Capitol attack that will be played during the panel’s hearing. . Sources on the committee said the group was acting as one unified unit at this point as opposed to two different parties. This is a trend they hope will endure and lead to positive results.
House Republicans are considering exactly how to launch a sustained response to the Democrat-led investigation into the Capitol attack, although they want to reset their security failings. But meanwhile, they sharpen their attack on Pelosi, Kinzinger and Cheney.
“It’s clear that Pelosi only wants members on this committee that will stick to their talking points and narrative,” said Jim Banks, Indiana representative for Pelosi, a Republican who was barred from serving on the panel. And anyone he wants to be on this committee will stick to his narrative, his point of view, from that point forward.”
A growing number of GOP members, especially in the fierce House Freedom Caucus, are urging McCarthy to fire Kinzinger and Cheney from other committee posts, even if Pelosi could have prevented that from happening.
Some Republicans speculate that the GOP conference will at least hold a private meeting to discuss the idea.
“They’re clearly making[Pelosi’s]offer in committee,” said Alabama Republican Representative Mike Rogers. “It will be covered by the whole conference, I’m pretty sure of that. The whole conference will address that. We have a political conference tomorrow and I guess the action will be held there, and then we’ll have to hold a special conference on this subject to discuss the matter.”
But Kinzinger said he wasn’t worried about the threat of punishment.
“We’re doing big things right now,” he told reporters. “If the conference decides, or if Kevin decides to punish Liz Cheney and me for going to the bottom and telling the truth, I think that says more about them than it does for us.”
Kinzinger, who personally called Pelosi to ask him to attend the panel on Sunday morning, also said he wasn’t afraid to subpoena other GOP members if that’s where the elected committee’s investigation was spearheaded, a familiar source told CNN.
“I want to know where the facts are going, and if that includes members who have a role in organizing or those they know or are trying to cover up, that’s important,” he said.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to accurately attribute quotes from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to an interview with MSNBC on Monday.
CNN’s Annie Grayer contributed to this report.