Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) select House committee last weekend to serve as part of the group that will investigate the events of Jan. 6.
The addition makes Kinzinger the second GOP member of the group. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is the other Republican member. Both voted to impeach Trump following Jan. 6.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed Pelosi over the move on Sunday. “The Speaker has structured this select committee to satisfy her political objectives. She had months to work with Republicans on a reasonable and fair approach to get answers on the events and security failures surrounding January 6.”
He added, “Instead, she has played politics. Lost in much of the news coverage is the fact that the Senate has already conducted bipartisan investigations that should serve as a roadmap for the House.”
The background of the committee further reveals the partisan problems. Pelosi first sought to form a 9/11-like commission to investigate Jan. 6. The effort passed in the House, but failed to reach the needed votes in the Senate to pass.
Instead, Pelosi announced the formation of a select House committee. She planned to include eight Democrats and five Republicans in the House in a so-called bipartisan investigation.
When Pelosi announced her eight members, it included the surprise of Cheney as one of the eight members.
McCarthy then provided his five recommended GOP members. Pelosi abruptly rejected two of them, including Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana. Both representatives have been strong Trump supporters.
After Pelosi’s rejection, McCarthy vowed that the Republicans would have no part in supporting the committee’s investigation. Jordan called it “Impeachment 3.0.”
However, Pelosi then added Kinzinger, arguing they now have a “bipartisan” committee to conduct an investigation.
Except in this case, bipartisan means seven Trump-hating Democrats and two Trump-hating Republicans. Every member of the committee has already voted to impeach Trump.
Can we really expect an unbiased investigation from this group? Hardly. Jordan is right. The committee will be Impeachment 3.0. It doesn’t matter if Trump is still president. The left needs Trump like an addict needs drugs. Without him, they’re powerless and have no one to blame for their actions in the House.
Cheney is already doomed. She was condemned by her own state party and Trump is already working to endorse a new Republican against her in the primary. Kinzinger will likely face a similar situation.
But what is the real game plan? Many have suggested the real motive at this point is to keep Trump from running — and winning — again. If the House can somehow convict Trump in such a way that he’s banned from running, they win — at least from their perspective. But such anti-American hatred is not likely to help the left win for long.
The midterm elections will likely take Pelosi’s job as House Speaker away as Republicans win back the House. She knows her time is short, and she’s acting accordingly.