Liz Cheney slams House GOP for playing 'stunning an indefensible' political games with Capitol riot commission
On CNN Tuesday, following the first day of testimony before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol riot, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of the only Republicans on the committee, blasted GOP leadership for their behavior surrounding the investigation.
"These MAGA forces tried to steal the election once and they're going to try again," said anchor Jake Tapper. "And we don't hear Kevin McCarthy and Steve Ccalise and Elise Stefanik say, no, no, no, we would never do that again. There is zero attempt at reassuring people that what you are suggesting is not true."
"Look, in some ways I think it's actually even worse than that, Jake," said Cheney. "I think that we're in a situation where the people that you mentioned seem to view this as some sort of a partisan political game. And as every American who watched saw this morning, this is really deadly serious. This is a situation where the institution's held, but it was a close-run thing. And as the chairman said, we didn't have a peaceful transfer of power. We had an insurrection, we had an assault on the Capitol."
"Today you had members of Congress, Republican members of Congress actually protesting in front of the Justice Department on behalf of the people who were here and who had been arrested because they participated in the riot and in the insurrection," added Cheney. "That's a stunning and indefensible turn of events."
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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is facing a lawsuit from colleague Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-AL) over his incitement of the January 6th Capitol riots -- and now he won't get representation of the Office of the General Counsel for the House of Representative.
Via Politico's Kyle Cheney, the General Counsel's Office said that it would not represent Brooks because the lawsuit filed by Swalwell "does not challenge any institutional action of the House or any of its component entities."
Brooks spoke at the "Stop the Steal" rally that occurred before the Capitol riots and asked the crowd if they were willing to "sacrifice their blood" to keep former President Donald Trump in the White House.
Brooks also told the angry Trump supporters at the rally that "today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass."
He was subsequently sued by Swalwell for inciting the deadly riot that resulted in the deaths of five people.
GOP lawmaker says Liz Cheney is 'blinded by ambition' — even though she got punished for her stand on Capitol riots
Republican Rep. Matthew Rosendale (R-MT) attacked fellow Republicans Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for what he said was just "blind ambition" that spurred joining the Jan. 6 Select Committee.
In reality, Cheney was actually the No. 3 in the GOP House until she spoke out against the Jan. 6 attack and supported accountability for it. She lost that position in primarily because she refused to move past the violent Trump-incited riots.
"There's no such thing as a Pelosi Republican... there's no such thing as a Pelosi Catholic. You're either Catholic or you're not. You're either Republican or you're not," said Rosendale.
He went on to say that if at half-time members of your team go into the other team's locker room you're not going to want to welcome them back in. The local reporter said that teammates might disagree on the play all the time, but it doesn't mean that they're on the same team. Rosendale disagreed, but stopped short of calling them traitors.
Kinzinger similarly has been annoyed by his party caving into President Donald Trump from the beginning. His opposition to the attack on the U.S. Capitol is consistent with his ongoing debate with his own party. It's unclear how he's promoted himself among the GOP going that route. In fact, Kinzinger intends to run again in 2022, unless he's eliminated from redistricting in the state.
Democratic Party of Illinois chairwoman Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) told the Chicago Sun-Times that Kinzinger isn't a target for the Democrats to remove.
See the interview below:
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