(USA Features) A group of House Republicans is pushing Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to bar Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Lynn Cheney from GOP Conference meetings over fears they are acting as “spies” for the Democrats.
The effort is being led by House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, who is pushing for a conference rule change that allows for the expulsion of Republican members thought to be working on behalf of the opposition party.
“Republican Conference meetings are an opportunity for elected House Republicans to come together and strategize the most effective path to push back on the radical policies of Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats,” Biggs wrote in a letter to the Minority Leader on Thursday.
He went on to say that in part, meetings in the near term would likely include strategy discussions about how to push back on Democrats’ Jan. 6 narratives ahead of the 2022 midterms, and that is problematic given that both Cheney and Kinzinger are on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select Jan. 6 Committee.
“Congresswoman Cheney and Congressman Kinzinger are two spies for the Democrats that we currently invite to the meetings, despite our inability to trust them,” he added.
“Many of the coming discussions will likely revolve around our defense against the Democrats’ perpetuation of the false narrative that January 6th was an insurrection and how to protect our own from their legally questionable investigative methods,” Biggs went on.
“We cannot trust these Members to sit in our Republican Conference Meetings while we plan our defense against the Democrats.”
He also explained that Cheney, especially, continues to perpetuate the narrative that the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and breach was an “insurrection,” even though FBI Director Christopher Wray has testified before Congress that what took place that day did not meet that legal threshold.
His letter also comes as Cheney was named vice-chair of the committee under Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who is chairman.
Biggs also noted that Pelosi, D-Calif., wants to pin what happened on Jan. 6 on all Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterms, which he believes is the entire purpose of the committee in the first place.
“She needs to demonize Republicans. And this Select Committee is her path for doing so,” he wrote.
“The Select Committee allows her to target the Republican members of Congress she thinks will be the most beneficial to her narrative; those that she thinks may be able to unseat from Congress those whom targeting will raise the most money for her,” Biggs added.