According to CNN and Punchbowl News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is threatening to strip any Republican members of the House GOP caucus if they agree to serve on the select committee that will investigate the January 6 Capitol insurrection:
“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday issued a blanket threat during a meeting with freshmen members of his caucus that he would strip any Republican member of their committee assignments if they accept an offer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection, according to two GOP sources with knowledge of the matter.
“McCarthy’s threat comes after the House voted to establish the committee. Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois were the only two Republican members to vote in favor of its formation. It’s not yet clear whether Pelosi will appoint Republicans to the commission, but the threat from McCarthy underscores how he feels about any members accepting an offer from the Democrats to serve on the committee.”
Asked about the threat from McCarthy, Kinzinger responded:
“Who gives a sh*t?”
“When you’ve got people that say crazy stuff and you’re not gonna make that threat, to make the threat the truth tellers, you’ve lost, you know any credibility and then so that’s all I’m gonna say on it.
Cheney said she fully supports formation of the committee to get to the bottom of what happened and who is responsible for what transpired on Jan. 6:
“Our nation, and the families of the brave law enforcement officers who were injured defending us or died following the attack, deserve answers. I believe this select committee is our only remaining option.”
McCarthy’s alleged threat was also met with anger on social media:
-we want a bipartisan committee.
-okay, here it is. will you vote for it?
-okay, we’ll create a different committee.
-it’s not bipartisan.
-sure it is. would you like to be a member?
-no, we’re not allowed. https://t.co/5WOx2fjKcW
— Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) July 1, 2021
so hanging out with white supremacists and holocaust deniers, and being investigated for underage sex crimes is ok
but investigating the 1/6 insurrection is where @GOPLeader is drawing the line https://t.co/We45suB0oz
— darth™ (@darth) July 1, 2021
Nothing bad happened, and we have nothing at all to hide, and if you look into it we’ll do everything we can to destroy you. https://t.co/eCOTFqBZWn
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 1, 2021
Actually, McCarthy is a witness and the committee should treat him like one. Witnesses do not get to tamper with a jury. https://t.co/P6dHqGklEi
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) July 1, 2021
Perfectly normal thing to do…
…when you are trying to cover up a conspiracy. https://t.co/neCEtFCu8V
— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) July 1, 2021
Matt Gaetz is under federal investigation for sex trafficking.
Louie Gohmert is palling around with QAnon.
Paul Gosar is cozying up to white nationalists.
That’s all fine with McCarthy.
But investigating a terrorist attack on our country? THERE he draws the line.
— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Sites4Congress) July 1, 2021
The first person the committee needs to subpoena is Kevin McCarthy. Then you’ll really see him squirm.
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