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Republican Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Jim Jordan of Ohio in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray highlighted a recently declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) memorandum opinion and order.

“According to a recently released opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been seriously and systemically abusing its warrantless electronic surveillance authority,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “We write to request information about the FBI’s illegal spying activities.”

The congressmen pressed Wray to “explain why almost a year after the OIG’s report about FISA abuses, the FISC found the FBI to still be abusing its warrantless surveillance authority under section 702” and to supply “a detailed accounting of every instance since December 2019 in which the FBI has queried, accessed, otherwise used information obtained pursuant to section 702 for purposes unrelated to national security.”

They also asked the FBI director to detail what moves he has made “in the wake of the FISC’s November 2020 memorandum opinion and order to prevent the FBI from using its section 702 authorities to surveil, investigate, or otherwise examine U.S. citizens.”

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McCarthy refers to Cheney and Kinzinger as ‘Pelosi Republicans’

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy referred to GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named to the Jan. 6 select committee, as “Pelosi Republicans” Monday.

Last week, Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy’s five picks for the select committee.

Just the News asked McCarthy for his response to Republicans who think he should allow three of his five nominees to the committee to participate.

“Who is that, Adam and Liz? Aren’t they kind of like Pelosi Republicans?” McCarthy said during an interview at the White House where congressional leaders attended an event marking the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with President Biden and Vice President Harris.

“Nobody thinks this is fair, and nobody thinks it will get to the truth, unfortunately,” said McCarthy. “I mean, six months, how can the Senate have two committees, bipartisan, go study this and have the hearing and have the report already come back and just continue to play politics over. It’s disrespectful to the nation.

McCarthy was also asked if he is considering taking action against Cheney or Kinzinger for joining the select committee, such as stripping them of their congressional committee assignments. 

“We’ll see,” McCarthy replied.

Cheney responded to McCarthy labeling her and Kinzinger “Pelosi Republicans.”

“I think that’s pretty childish,” Cheney said. “We’ve got very serious business here.”

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McCarthy Says He’s Considering Punishment for ‘Pelosi Republicans’ on Jan. 6 Committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “We’ll see,” on Monday when asked whether Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger would be punished for serving on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 committee, referring to the duo as “Pelosi Republicans.”

DailyMail.com reporter Emily Goodin tweeted his response from the White House.

“House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy told me ‘we’ll see’ when asked if Cheney and Kinzinger will be punished for serving on Jan 6 committee,” she wrote.

“I asked him the last time he talked to either of them: ‘Couldn’t tell you.’ He called them ‘Pelosi Republicans.’”

HOUSE GOP LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY TOLD ME “WE’LL SEE” WHEN ASKED IF CHENEY AND KINZINGER WILL BE PUNISHED FOR SERVING ON JAN 6 COMMITTEE. I ASKED HIM THE LAST TIME HE TALKED TO EITHER OF THEM: “COULDN’T TELL YOU.” HE CALLED THEM “PELOSI REPUBLICANS.” PIC.TWITTER.COM/JMYJJBOQ5I

— EMILY GOODIN (@EMILYLGOODIN) JULY 26, 2021

The comments took place following McCarthy and Pelosi’s attendance for the anniversary of the American Disabilities Act in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday.

SPEAKER PELOSI AND LEADER MCCARTHY IN ROSE GARDEN FOR ADA ANNIVERSARY EVENT PIC.TWITTER.COM/MTYTL3EWYJ

— EMILY GOODIN (@EMILYLGOODIN) JULY 26, 2021

The comments also came after both Cheney and Kinzinger joined Pelosi’s select House committee to investigate the events of the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

The committee is expected to begin meeting on Tuesday.

Pelosi appointed Kinzinger to the committee on Sunday. Kinzinger served as one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump following the incursion.

“For months, we have searched for answers and what process we should use to get them. For months, lies and conspiracy theories have been spread, threatening our self-governance,” Kinzinger said in a statement on Sunday.

“For months, I have said that the American people deserve transparency and truth on how and why thousands showed up to attack our democracy, and ultimately, what led to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021.”

“Self-governance requires accountability and responsibility,” he added. “My faith requires the same of me, truth is necessary for order, and that’s what I will do.”

“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.

“This moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, non-partisan approach,” he continued. “We are duty-bound to conduct a full investigation on the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 and to make sure it can never happen again.

“Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th and I humbly accepted. I will work diligently to ensure we get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack fully accountable.”

TODAY, I WAS ASKED TO SERVE ON THE BIPARTISAN JANUARY 6TH SELECT COMMITTEE AND I HUMBLY ACCEPTED. WHEN DUTY CALLS, I WILL ALWAYS ANSWER. HTTPS://T.CO/MSZEBC0V7I PIC.TWITTER.COM/FLIDSFYZZV

— ADAM KINZINGER (@REPKINZINGER) JULY 25, 2021

“Monday evening, the Minority Leader recommended 5 Members to serve on the Select Committee. I have spoken with him this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members,” she added.

Pelosi also provided a brief explanation on Wednesday regarding her rejection of Banks and Jordan, both of whom voted against Trump’s impeachment.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” she wrote.

“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has chosen Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) as the second Republican to join the select committee looking into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Kinzinger, who voted to impeach then-President Trump in January, said, “This moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, non-partisan approach,” The Hill reported. “We are duty-bound to conduct a full investigation on the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 and to make sure it can never happen again.”

His appointment to the Jan. 6 committee follows Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.), who also voted to impeach Trump this year, and lost her position as GOP conference chair partly for that reason.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) criticized Pelosi’s appointments after she rejected two of his Republican nominees, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.), according to The Hill.

“Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation,” McCarthy wrote in a statement.

“The Speaker has structured this select committee to satisfy her political objectives. She had months to work with Republicans on a reasonable and fair approach to get answers on the events and security failures surrounding January 6.”

McCarthy also noted that the Senate has done bipartisan investigations that the House could follow.

“Speaker Pelosi’s departure from this serious-minded approach has destroyed the select committee’s credibility,” he continued. “The U.S. Capitol and the men and women who protect it suffered a massive leadership failure. We must make sure that never happens again and that is what Republicans will be focused on.”

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