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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.
Mike Lindell Sues Pelosi, Vengeful J6 Committee Over Subpoena of His Phone Records
Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and an ally of former President Donald Trump, has filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the Jan. 6 committee to stop them from acquiring his phone records.
Politico reported Wednesday that the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 had issued a subpoena for the records.
In response, Lindell filed suit against the committee, Pelosi and Verizon to stop the carrier from turning over the information.
“I wasn’t there on January 6th and yes they did subpoena my phone records but we filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against the January 6th committee and Verizon to completely invalidate this corrupt subpoena,” the entrepreneur said in a text message to CNBC.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, said Lindell’s actions challenging the results of the November 2020 election were “motivated, in part, by his strongly held religious beliefs.”
It said enforcing the subpoena would violate his rights to “freedom of religion, speech, press, political expression, and to associate with others to advance their shared beliefs.”
The lawsuit also said members of the committee “acted without authority because they were not validly organized as a House committee” according to the rules of the House, The Hill reported.
In addition, it argued that the subpoena “exceeds the authority of the Select Committee” because it requests “records that are far beyond the scope of the Select Committee’s investigation.”
Lindell’s lawsuit is only the most recent legal action taken by Trump allies. Others have brought similar lawsuits against the committee and Pelosi.
At the end of December, Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to Trump, sued the committee to block its subpoena for his phone records, CNN reported.
Others who have done so include former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, radio host and commentator Alex Jones and attorney John Eastman.
The committee’s actions have deteriorated the public’s confidence in the investigation.
According to Pew Research polling in September, a majority of Americans were not confident in the panel.
“[A] narrow majority of Americans (54 percent) said they were either not too or not at all confident that the House committee’s investigation into the Jan. 6 riot would be fair and reasonable,” the organization reported.
Pew’s survey was conducted Sept. 13-19 among 10,371 adults on its nationally representative American Trends Panel and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.
Despite a significant portion of the population doubting the committee’s fairness, its members have made bold claims about how they are seeking the truth about Jan. 6.
“In this great country of ours, I’m convinced that sunlight and truth [are] the best disinfectant when you’re dealing with a lie,” committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, told CNN last week. “Hopefully we will provide the proper disinfectant for what’s happened on January 6, so that people will understand it.”
But as Lindell, Flynn and others continue to battle the Jan. 6 committee’s partisan overreach, it may have a hard time convincing the American public of the validity of its work and its campaign for so-called truth.
BREAKING: Defiant Alex Jones says he will plead the 5th & not testify before the “witch hunt show trail” Jan 6th Commission
On Monday, the Democrat select committee investigating the January 6 event on the US Capitol subpoenaed Alex Jones and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone. The panel also issued subpoenas Monday for a current spokesperson for President Trump, Taylor Budowich, and for a couple who helped organize a January 6 rally, Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence.
Stone and Jones both gave speeches on January 5 at a rally in Freedom Plaza near the White House.
“This is nothing less than an epic struggle for the future of this country between dark and light, between the godly and godless, between good and evil,” Stone said at that event. “And we will win this fight or America will step off into a thousand years of darkness. We dare not fail. I don’t know how this is all going to end, but if they want to fight, they better believe they’ve got one,” Jones told the crowd.
For his part, Jones personally pledged more than $50,000 to help fund the January 6 rally, and helped to convince Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to the Trump campaign and heiress to the Publix Super Markets chain, to give about $300,000 to cover most of the cost of the event, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Both Jones and Stone were ultimately scratched from the list of speakers preceding Trump at the January 6 event. Stone left Washington without attending Trump’s speech. Jones joined demonstrators who marched toward the Capitol. The Justice Department in August charged a man who was standing next to Jones near the top of the stairs on the east side of the Capitol with entering a restricted area. Jones himself has not been charged. He has insisted that he urged members of the crowd outside the Capitol to remain peaceful, and he denied wrongdoing.
VIDEO: Tucker interviews General Flynn
Excellent interview — Flynn faces the same subpoena as Steve Bannon
CARLSON: We’re losing a lot as a country as this happens. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been subpoenaed by the January 6th Commission. He joins us tonight. General, thanks so much for coming on. So what do you make of what’s happening to Steve Bannon — since you’re in a similar position, what do you make of what’s happening to Steve tonight?
FLYNN: Well, I think it’s — I think it shows the speed in which the Democratic Party is moving to confirm their complete takeover of this country, Tucker. There is no other way to put it.
I mean, as you’ve just said, it’s been 40 years since anybody has been indicted for you know what I guess Steve has been — you know, been indicted for, contempt of Congress. I mean, you mentioned Eric Holder. So, I just think that what I am not surprised at, but I think Americans are surprised at is the speed in which they’re moving to do exactly as I said, which is essentially to take this country over and we can’t kid ourselves about this, Tucker. That’s the direction that they’re moving.
CARLSON: Yes, I mean, to start indicting advisers to the former President that you hate after he is out of office is the kind of thing that happens in Latin America, but never here. So what — where does this leave you? You’ve been subpoenaed as well. How are you going to respond?
FLYNN: Well, I think that, you know, I won’t talk about the legalities of what I’m involved in. I think what we’re really facing is an attack or an assault on all of our basic rights. I mean, I think the real issue here in play is the attack on freedom of speech, and I think your latest round of documentaries have really showed that. I think that those have been terrific and I recommend your viewers to watch those if they haven’t watched them already.
But the assault on the freedom of speech, our ability to peaceably protest our desire to seek the truth in the security of our election systems and processes, I mean, this is what’s all at risk in our country today and they don’t want us to be talking about these things.
And so they’re also going to use — I call it the insurrection crucifixion of this January 6th, you know this whole series of things that are going on. It is really to steal away what we are also seeing in the news, which is the continuation of the Durham investigation, where you have indictments coming out.
You have this incredibly failed foreign policy by the Biden administration. You have, you know more and more very clear evidence coming out about COVID and really the conspiracy behind COVID and some of the things that are happening with it.
So, I think what it does, the more that they can keep this January 6th news and you know the big media does a good job of making sure that that sort of pounds the Americans’ heads with it on a daily basis by doing things like issuing more and more subpoenas, I don’t doubt that there is not more to come from this.
So, you know, I’m one of these guys that in my case, you know we’re going to respond to the request, and I — you know, I mean, I don’t have anything to hide. There is nothing — there is nothing there and I think that what we are — what we’re facing is a clear assault on our basic rights and principally our freedom to speak freely in this country and to peaceably protest for things that we believe are false or fraudulent.
CARLSON: Exactly. From what I can tell, they are attempting to criminalize opinions that they don’t like. You’re allowed to have any view of the last election that you want, any view you want on anything in this country. Period. Your views cannot be criminalized because ideas and speech are never criminal in a free country.
I don’t understand — I mean, the pretext for — they’re going to throw Bannon in jail if they can because they don’t like his opinions. Where are the Republican leaders standing up against this?
FLYNN: Yes, and the other big question, the sort of the 60,000-foot view is when does this stop or will it ever stop? And I actually don’t see it stopping. I actually think that we are going to continue to see this relentless pursuit of what I just call an assault on our rights top to bottom. You know, I’d recommend everybody to go and read the Bill of Rights because every single one of those is at risk under this particular regime that we are, you know, we are being you know basically dominated by within the political realm of this country.
And the Democratic Party really, you know, who sort of runs the Democratic Party these days, but I agree with you. I’ve sort of stopped, Tucker, worrying about the Democratic Party because I kind of know what their plan is, and really to me, it is this Republican establishment and the Republican quote-unquote “leaders” and I really do believe that — and what I feel from the American people is that they’re looking for leadership out of the Republican Party and the Republican Party is not — they’re not doing it, they’re just not doing it and they need to step up because this is not going to end anytime soon and they’re going to continue to chip away at all of our rights however they can and they own the media, they own the tech titans of the world so to speak.
And so, they have an ability to be able to control the message and frankly, the American people — and I’m in a place, you know this weekend with about 5,000 people and I’m telling you, they’re just sick of it.
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