- Republican Party representatives. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney accepted invitations from Nancy Pelosi to join the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6.
- The move prompted many Republicans to demand that Kinzinger and Cheney be punished for leadership.
- But Kinzinger told reporters on Tuesday he would stand up for democracy regardless of the consequences.
Republican Representative. He told reporters on Tuesday that Adam Kinzinger was unfazed by the “insignificant” behavior of some of his fellow party members.
A growing number of GOP lawmakers want House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Kinzinger and his fellow Republican Representatives to be punished. Liz Cheney for accepting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to join the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 mutiny.
But in the midst of cross-party infighting, Kinzinger said he has only one priority in joining the contested committee: defending democracy.
“If people want to be petty, that’s fine,” Kinzinger said in response to a reporter’s interrogate about calls between fellow Republicans that he would be stripped of his committee duties. “I think this reflects on people more than it does on the current situation.”
—Andrew Solender 27 July 2021
The Illinois lawmaker was emotionally savvy during Tuesday’s select committee’s first hearing. Kinzinger choked as he praised the police officers who helped fight violent pro-Trump gangs.
Kinsinger and Cheney of Wyoming have emerged as dissidents in the Republican Party because they were among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol attack earlier this year.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Kinzinger also criticized his fellow Republicans for their attempts to downplay the deadly riots and dismissed the investigation as a partisan farce.
“This is a historic moment and this is a moment in defense of democracy,” Kinzinger said following the session. “Regardless of the consequences, I and I know Liz, I will stand up and stand up for democracy.”
According to CNN, GOP efforts to seek to sanction Kenzinger and Cheney swelled to unused heights over the weekend following Pelosi announced that both Republicans would join the committee following the speaker rejected two McCarthy-elected lawmakers. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, prompting the leader to withdraw all five of his options.
The platform stated that the most eminent calls for discipline came from the party’s far-right Freedom Bloc, but that feeling was starting to spread among the more temperate members.
But removing opponents from their committee assignments will likely prove firm for McCarthy, as Democrats currently control committee membership as the majority party in the House.
“All I have to say … is that we had a big attack on January 6th,” Kinzinger said. “We’ve heard very emotional testimonies today and that’s what’s at the forefront of my mind.”