Eleven members of the Republican Party’s House Freedom Caucus called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Thursday to vacate the Speaker of the House position while also changing the rules of the Republican conference to expel Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, both of whom Nancy Pelosi appointed to the January 6 Commission, from the Republican Party.
House Freedom Caucus Chair Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) listed the grievances against Pelosi, including her “removal of two of our members from the January 6 commission.” Pelosi kicked ranking members Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks off the commission in a move that was met with outrage by McCarthy but was supported by Cheney.
“It was antithetical to have sitting in your conference, individuals who have professed they want to take out the minority leader,” Biggs said of her appointment of Cheney and Kinzinger to give the commission a bipartisan smokescreen.
Biggs suggested a new rule for the Republican conference, that any member who accepts a committee assignment outside their normal procedure, “shall immediately cease to be a member of the conference.”
Other members echoed Biggs’ concerns, with Rep. Lauren Boebert claiming that she’s “seen firsthand that representatives Kinzinger and Cheney have done more to hurt the Republican Conference than helped them while working for Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi,” even adding that “both Liz and Adam have stood by and simped for Pelosi, as she has consolidated power in her office and trampled the Constitution.”
An outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, Cheney was also recently named the most unpopular Republican in the country according to a new poll out this month reported by Axios. In May, House Republicans overwhelmingly voted to kick Cheney from her No. 3 position in House leadership.
Kinzinger is also a proud NeverTrumper who routinely partners with corporate media to spew Democrat talking points on January 6.