(PresidentialInsider.com)- The minority leader in the House is not happy with two members of his party.
On Monday, Kevin McCarthy called fellow GOP members Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Ohio “Pelosi Republicans” because they are going forward with serving on the committee that will investigate the attacks on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
Pelosi originally made Cheney one of her picks to serve on the committee. Then, when she rejected two of McCarthy’s picks for the GOP — Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan — Pelosi replaced one with Kinzinger.
Once that happened, McCarthy withdrew his other picks from consideration.
In the White House’s Rose Garden, reporters pressed McCarthy about the January 6 panel, focusing on concerns the GOP has about the lack of its representation on the committee. Pelosi’s two picks, after all, are the only two Republicans serving on the committee that was supposed to be bipartisan.
McCarthy, waiting to attend an event that was marking the Americans with Disabilities Act’s anniversary, made a sly comment:
“Who is that? Adam and Liz? Aren’t they kind of like Pelosi Republicans?”
McCarthy repeated the description of the two when speaking with reporters later. He didn’t go into more detail about whether he’d punish either Kinzinger or Cheney for agreeing to serve on the committee.
When asked, Cheney briefly commented:
“I think that’s pretty childish.”
Kinzinger described the comments as childish, too, adding:
“We’re doing big things right now. We’re getting to the answers of the worst attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. He can call me any names he wants.
“I’m a Republican. Kevin McCarthy is technically my Republican leader. And to call … members of Congress by childish names like Donald Trump used to, I guess it’s just kind of par [for the course].”
Kinzinger was an obvious replacement choice for Pelosi. The Illinois representative is considered a centrist and was a stark critic of Trump’s.
Cheney was also an obvious choice, especially after she voted to impeach the former president and has consistently spoken out against him and his supporters in the GOP. Earlier this year, the GOP even removed her from the House leadership team.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said President Joe Biden was supportive of Pelosi including members of the Republican Party on the January 6 investigative committee, especially since these two seem to be fully supportive of the cause.
“His [Biden] goal is the same goal that Speaker Pelosi has, which is to get to the bottom of what happened and prevent it from happening in the future. And he trusts her leadership to do exactly that.”
The January 6 committee, which has been discussed and debated for a while now, is finally set to get working this week. On its “To Do” list is taking a full look at all the players, security failures and causes that surrounded the entire attack.
The only problem is, it’ll likely be a Democrat-led witch hunt against Trump Republicans.