The Republican National Committee (RNC) is moving forward with plans to censure Republican representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. The RNC is set to vote on the final resolution on Friday over the two Republicans’ involvement with the House Select Committee’s investigation of the Jan. 6th Capitol riot. However, both Republicans have fiercely defended their involvement with the panel.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” Cheney tweeted. “I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what.”
The resolution is now set for a vote by the full RNC, which consists of 168 members, during its general meeting Friday. The measure condemns Cheney and Kinzinger for straying from party principles and working with the Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee, sources told Newsmax.
The RNC is holding its winter meeting in Utah. Members of the RNC were initially considering a resolution that called for the ouster of Cheney and Kinzinger from the House Republican conference. However, the language in that version of the resolution stoked concerns from some members that it went too far, according to CNN. It is unclear if House Republicans have the two-thirds majority support from their caucus that they would need to expel Cheney and Kinzinger from the conference.
“I have no regrets about my decision to uphold my oath of office and defend the Constitution. I will continue to focus my efforts on standing for truth and working to fight the political matrix that’s led us to where we find ourselves today,” Kinzinger said in a tweet.
On Thursday, the RNC unanimously passed the motion to censure the two Republicans.