Posts tagged with "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California)"

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy makes picks for January 6 panel

July 21, 2021

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has chosen five Republican lawmakers to serve on the Democrat-led select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, ahead of the panel’s first hearing later this month, The Wall Street Journal reports.

McCarthy tapped Representative Jim Banks (R-Indiana), chair of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the most conservative House Republicans, to serve as the select committee’s top-ranking GOP member.

Among his other selections are the following:

According to the Journal, the House voted largely along party lines late last month to establish the select committee to investigate the events of January 6, when Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building and temporarily interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral-college victory.

Senate Republicans blocked an effort earlier this year to set up a bipartisan, independent commission—saying Democrats would weaponize it against Republican candidates in 2022.

McCarthy said he deliberately chose a mix of members: Banks, Jordan, and Nehls voted to overturn Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electoral results on January 6, while Davis and Armstrong voted to certify Biden’s win in those states. None of them voted to impeach Trump.

“You’ve got a mix from the entire conference, right? So people who objected and who didn’t object” to the electoral-college results, McCarthy said. “The mission is to make the facts—to never put the Capitol Police, or this Capitol, in this position again.”

McCarthy, who met with Trump last week, added: “I didn’t talk to Donald Trump about this.”

Research contact: @WSJ

Cheney does ‘not go quietly,’ warning that GOP ‘is abandoning rule of law and undermining democracy’

May 13, 2021

House Republicans ousted Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming from their leadership ranks in a voice vote during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday morning, May 12.

Cheney had rankled House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and other senior Republicans by pushing back on Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election had been stolen from him.

However, the outgoing GOP Caucus Chair said she would “not go quietly”—and she didn’t: According to a report by The New York Times, in the hours before the vote, Cheney “remained unrepentant”—framing her expulsion as a turning point for her party and declaring in an extraordinary speech that she “would not sit back and watch” as her party abandoned the rule of law.

Delivering the broadside from the House floor on Tuesday night, Cheney took a fiery last stand, warning that former President Donald J. Trump had created a threat that the nation had never seen before: a president who had “provoked a violent attack” on his own Capitol “in an effort to steal the election,” and then continued to spread his election lies.

“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” Cheney said. “I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”

According to the Times, her defiant exit—and unmistakable jab at the House Republican leaders working to oust her—illustrates Cheney’s determination to continue her blunt condemnation of Trump and her party’s role in spreading the false election claims that inspired the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

“On the precipice of the vote to remove her on Wednesday,” the Times noted, “she has embraced her downfall rather than fight it, offering herself as a cautionary tale in what she is portraying as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party.”

Emphasizing that framing, Ms. Cheney wore a replica pin of George Washington’s battle flag on Tuesday night as she spoke on the House floor.

“I think Liz understands it’s not worth selling your soul for No. 3 in the minority,” said Barbara Comstock, a former Republican congresswoman from Virginia and a friend of Cheney’s. “She’s just not going to do that.”

Indeed, Cheney’s allies say, she views the ouster as part of an existential battle and intends to keep up her criticism even from exile in the rank and file. The short-term political consequences will almost surely work against her, both in Washington and at home.

“History is watching. Our children are watching,” Ms. Cheney wrote in a scathing Washington Post op-ed article last week. “We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.”

Research contact: @nytimes