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Conservative caucus is fuming over Pelosi decision to remove Jim Jordan, Jim Banks from Jan. 6 committee

The House Freedom Caucus on Friday called on GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to move to oust Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House speaker in a longshot effort that reflects the partisan rancor simmering on Capitol Hill.

The far-right caucus sent McCarthy a letter Friday asking their leader to bring up a privileged motion on behalf of the GOP conference by July 31 “to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House.”

The caucus is fuming over Pelosi’s decision this week to remove Republican Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, from the Jan. 6 committee. They called her decision an abuse of power and “intolerable.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve,” the Freedom Caucus members wrote to McCarthy. 

If McCarthy actually agrees to move on the Freedom Caucus’s demands, the effort has long odds of success given that Democrats control the House. 

McCarthy picked five Republicans to sit on the newly formed Jan. 6 select committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol, but Pelosi rejected two of his choices – Banks and Jordan – citing their dismissive statements about the committee and the need to protect the integrity of the panel. 

Pelosi exercised her veto power – which was outlined in the House-passed legislation that formed the committee – because the pair “made statements and took actions that just made it ridiculous to put them on such a committee seeking the truth,” she said Thursday.

McCarthy bashed the move as unprecedented and fiercely defended Banks and Jordan. He decided to pull his other picks from the committee and boycott the panel altogether, though Pelosi said the committee’s work will still proceed as planned without McCarthy’s members. 

“This is a sham committee that’s just politically driven by Speaker Pelosi,” McCarthy said Thursday.

In addition to the uproar over the Jan. 6 committee, the Freedom Caucus dinged Pelosi for the removal of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from her committee assignments for her past social media postings that endorsed violence against Democrats and conspiracy theories. 

They also said Pelosi “championed unconstitutional changes” such as imposing “insulting” metal detectors after the Jan. 6 attack and allowing proxy voting during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Trump accuses Jan. 6 committee of distracting from Biden’s ‘failures,’ will defend exec privilege

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Former President Donald Trump said that the House of Representatives’s Jan. 6 committee is just distracting Americans from President Joe Biden’s “failures,” adding that he will defend his executive privilege.

“The Leftist ‘select committee’ has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars with a request that’s timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats,” Trump said in a statement released by his Save America PAC on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege.

“Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation. These Democrats only have one tired trick—political theater—and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality.”

Trump’s statement was released as the Biden administration tries to quickly evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan by an Aug. 31 deadline agreed to with the Taliban. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and foreign leaders have criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the U.S. withdrawal.

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Donald Trump Hits Back At Dems Jan. 6 Committee Demanding Personal Information, Contacts

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Donald Trump is overruling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats regarding their biased January 6 Select Committee to investigate the incident at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.

In a scathing letter, Trump said he will invoke executive privilege to block requests for access to executive branch communications.

The committee is demanding documents from all of Trump’s children (except Tiffany Trump) surrounding January 6.

Trump wasted little time hitting back.

“The Leftist select committee has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars with a request that’s timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats,” Trump said.

“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege. Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation,” he said.

“These Democrats only have one tired trick—political theater—and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality,” he added.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP:

“THE LEFTIST “SELECT COMMITTEE” HAS FURTHER EXPOSED ITSELF AS A PARTISAN SHAM AND WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS WITH A REQUEST THAT’S TIMED TO DISTRACT AMERICANS FROM HISTORIC AND GLOBAL CATASTROPHES BROUGHT ON BY THE FAILURES OF JOE BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATS. PIC.TWITTER.COM/SYRSO6GQ8J

— LIZ HARRINGTON (@REALLIZUSA) AUGUST 26, 2021

AMONG THE VOLUMINOUS REQUESTS, THE COMMITTEE IS SEEKING 9 MONTHS WORTH OF CONTACTS BETWEEN THE TRUMP WH AND THIS GROUP OF OUTSIDERS, INCLUDING ENRIQUE TARRIO, GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS AND JACK POSOBIEC. PIC.TWITTER.COM/XC2NEWBJBP

— KYLE CHENEY (@KYLEDCHENEY) AUGUST 25, 2021

From NPR:

It marks the most widespread list of demands since the siege, directing letters to eight federal entities, including the National Archives and Records Administration, which is charged with maintaining records for past White House administrations. The demands could be followed by subpoenas.

They target communications by Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and other top officials as well as White House visitor and call logs related to the day of the attack. Other agencies also included in the wave of requests include the Justice, Defense, and Interior departments.

Democrats’ January 6 commission is already starting to backfire.

A recent poll from Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey showed that 58 percent of voters believe her commission is biased towards Democrats.

“Americans want an examination of the riots over the summer and the origins of the virus over investigating Jan. 6th,” co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, Mark Penn, said. “The voters reject the Pelosi move to toss Republicans off of the committee and see it now as just a partisan exercise.”

The poll came after Pelosi would not seat Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks on the committee.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by removing all of his Republican appointees from the committee, leaving Speaker Pelosi to select two anti-Donald Trump Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, to represent the GOP.

They were appointed, with three other Republicans, by Rep. McCarthy days ago in an effort to cooperate with the Democrat-led committee as he was requested to do.

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6. This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution. Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth,” he said on his website.

“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” he said.

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