Republican Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is getting support for a drive to remove Congress-members Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) and from the Republican conference.
Biggs is sending a letter among GOP House members, getting signatures, and creating support to push Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) to remove Cheney and Kinzinger from the Republican conference for their roles in the partisan January 6 investigation committee, according to a CNN report. Biggs’ letter says that these GOP members on the committee should be removed from the conference to allow the Republican party to counter the committee’s investigation.
“This proposal is not due to a political difference, but due to some members having chosen to work with the Dems to investigate and possibly remove GOP Members from the House,” a draft of the letter states. “GOP Conference meetings are a good opportunity for Republicans to partner and strategize the most effective path to push against the radical policies of Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats.”
“Many of the incoming discussions will possibly revolve around our defense against the false narrative that January 6th was an insurrection and how to protect our people from legally questionable investigative methods,” the letter says. “Congressman Kinzinger and Congresswoman Cheney are two spies for the Democratic party that we currently have in these meetings, despite the fact that we cannot trust them.”
NEWS w/ @mkraju: Andy Biggs, Freedom Caucus chair, is sending a letter calling on McCarthy to remove Cheney & Kinzinger from GOP Conference for their roles on 1/6 select committee.
Says he wants GOP to be able to “strategize” and “protect our own” w/o having "spies" at meetings. pic.twitter.com/nR8x7PIdXM
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) September 1, 2021
Kinzinger and Cheney joined the committee against the request of McCarthy, who ordered GOP members to reject any attempt by Pelosis to have them join the committee after she vetoed McCarthy’s other picks. The House minority leader has also objected to many of the committee’s actions, like requesting the communications records of Republican members from tech companies.
“Bennie Thompson, Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to strong-arm tech companies to hand over personal data puts all Americans in the crosshairs of a Democrat-run surveillance state,” McCarthy said in a comment this week. “If these companies go along with this Democrat order to hand over private details, they are breaking federal law and are subject to losing their right to operate in the U.S. If companies still want to break federal law, a GOP majority will not forget and will stand alongside Americans to keep them completely accountable under the law.”
My statement on Democrats asking companies to violate federal law: pic.twitter.com/XELEVNbx65
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 31, 2021
Author: Blake Ambrose