During a new appearance on CNN, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) responded to Republican calls for some kind of punishment from the GOP for Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) because of their joining of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. That committee, of course, could lay out damaging details about Republicans whose lies fueled the violence, and among other remarks, Schiff characterized the GOP as “an anti-truth party.” Cheney and Kinzinger were both named to the committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Pelosi rejected two selections that House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) had made for the committee, and subsequently, the top Republican petulantly withdrew all of his choices for the panel, leaving only Pelosi to pick members.
Schiff commented as follows:
‘[Republicans are] an anti-truth party. They don’t want the facts to come out about January 6. We really already saw them punish Liz Cheney by stripping her of her leadership position, and not for anything having to do with the select committee, but because she refused to carry the president’s big lie about the election, and she was willing to speak candidly about January 6 and where she thinks the Republican Party ought to go. So the retribution began earlier. It wouldn’t surprise me if they did more. But it just shows how hollow that party has been and how much it has been hollowed out by the former president. And it’s really more of a cult of his personality now.’
Watch Schiff’s remarks below:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on GOP opposition to Kinzinger and Cheney joining select committee to investigate 1/6 insurrection:
“They’re an anti-truth party …. really a cult of [Trump’s] personality now.” pic.twitter.com/BsstSpcqvv
— The Recount (@therecount) July 26, 2021
Kinzinger is the more recent addition to the riot investigation committee, and over the weekend, he commented as follows about his new role on the panel: “Let me be clear, I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution—and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer.” In other words — politics should be set aside when it comes to something as serious as the attack on the Capitol. The House committee investigating that riot is set to host its first hearing this Tuesday, and that hearing is slated to feature testimony from four local law enforcement personnel. Scores of police officers were seriously injured by rioting Trump supporters at the Capitol on January 6, as law enforcement personnel struggled to protect government leaders from the openly murderous mob.