More than 40 conservative officials sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, this week asking him to remove both U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference.
The letter was sent by the Conservative Action Project, which consists of leaders from more than 100 conservative organizations. The officials who signed the letter called on McCarthy to remove both Cheney, R-Wyoming, and Kinzinger, R-Illinois from the House Republican Conference due to their “egregious” actions as part of the committee investigating the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol.
“As part of Pelosi’s team, Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger have deliberately sought to undermine the privacy and due process of their fellow Republicans, and those of private citizens, with improperly issued subpoenas and other investigatory tactics designed not to pursue any valid legislative end, but merely to exploit for the sake of political harassment and demagoguery,” the letter said.
While the letter said that as elected representatives, the two should be free to serve in the House, but no longer with the privileges granted to members of the conference.
“They should no longer be given access to the benefits of a conference they actively seek to undermine,” the letter said.
Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler declined to comment on the letter.
Cheney was removed from her post as vice chair of the conference earlier this year due to stepping out of line with the rest of the party because of her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump on allegations he incited those attending a rally to invade the Capitol.
Some of the officials who signed on to the letter included former President Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, Edwin Meese and former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwan. Several conservative organizations, such as Liberty Consulting, Americans for Limited Government and Conservatives of Faith, were also represented in the letter.
Several of the people who signed the letter, including Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Conservative Partnership Institute chairman Jim DeMint and Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund chairman Jenny Beth Martin, also signed a letter from CAP last year that called on state legislators in battleground states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania to overturn the results of November’s general election and certify Trump as the victor.
“There is no doubt President Donald J. Trump is the lawful winner of the presidential election. Joe Biden is not president-elect,” the letter said.