Politics Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi
Trump to meet with McCarthy as House awaits GOP leader's picks for Jan. 6 commission
Trump will meet McCarthy as the GOP leader weighs whether to appoint Republicans to the committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.Trump announced the meeting, which will take place at Trump's private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., in a two-sentence statement that did not indicate what would be on the agenda.
A bloc of House conservatives on Friday pressed Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to force a floor vote by next week to oust Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for blocking two Republicans from serving on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Such a vote on what's known as a "motion to vacate the chair" would be quickly rejected by Democrats, who control the majority, and some moderate Republicans.
But the one-page letter from the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus represents a test for McCarthy, who likely will need Freedom Caucus support in his quest to secure 218 votes and become speaker if Republicans win back the House in 2022.
McCarthy proposes 5 Republicans to sit on Jan. 6 panel
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans to sit on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, signaling that Republicans will participate in the investigation that they have staunchly opposed. McCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New JerseyMcCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel. The Republican leader also tapped Ohio Rep.
The group of conservative rabble-rousers, closely aligned with former President Trump, to be speaker in 2015, when Ohio Republican John Boehner abruptly resigned from the job after a Freedom Caucus leader threatened to force a similar floor vote to oust him from power.
"We, the House Freedom Caucus, respectfully request that you ... bring up a privileged motion by July 31, 2021 to vacate the chair and Nancy Pelosi's authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House," the Freedom Caucus wrote to McCarthy.
A McCarthy spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the letter, the Freedom Caucus also cited other reasons why Pelosi should be removed: She has allowed remote, proxy voting by lawmakers due to the coronavirus pandemic, and she had metal detectors installed at the entrances to the House floor after the Jan. 6 attack
Pelosi vetoes Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee
The move is poised to spark a full boycott of the investigation by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.Pelosi rejected Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who was tapped to serve as ranking member, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both of whom voted to challenge certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral wins earlier this year. Her decision sent shock waves through the House and is likely to galvanize House Republicans against any participation in the investigation.
"Speaker Pelosi's tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve," the group wrote.
But their main gripe was her decision this week to essentially veto two of McCarthy's five GOP picks for the Jan. 6 select committee: Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Both are die-hard Trump loyalists and Jordan was the founding chairman of the Freedom Caucus. In response, a furious McCarthy said Republicans would boycott participating in the committee, which kicks off its first hearing Tuesday.
But Freedom Caucus leaders, led by Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), want McCarthy to get more aggressive with Pelosi and go further.
"Less easily reversible" than proxy voting and metal detectors "is the damage done to the institution by the Leadership of one party dictating the ability of members of another party to serve in roles at the discretion of their own conference," the letter said. "That abuse cannot go unchecked."
‘Expect endless retaliation’: House riot committee provokes partisan war
When Congress reconvened following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican House Administration Committee ranking member Rodney Davis met in the chamber and agreed that Congress should call for a bipartisan investigation into the unprecedented events of that day. © Provided by Washington Examiner More than six months later, House lawmakers will launch a riot investigation that has provoked a partisan battle that now threatens any future cooperation between the two parties.
"Speaker Pelosi's refusal to seat Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate January 6 is intolerable. ... Republicans under your leadership must show the American people that we will act to protect our ability to represent their interests."
The plot by Trump loyalists to oust Pelosi hues closely with a far-fetched, as president "in days, not years." Cards outlining the strategy were made by a group called Patriots Soar and distributed this month to people attending a Conservative Political Action Conference gathering in Dallas.
The plan calls for ousting Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, from the Speakership, installing Trump as Speaker, and impeaching President Biden and Vice President Harris, allowing Trump to ascend to the presidency.
McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' .
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took a jab at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over a newly reinstated mask mandate in the chamber, saying the move was not based on science."The Speaker of the House said that people who are fully vaccinated but don't support wearing a mask are morons. She wanted to say that the House should follow the science. Madam Speaker, you don't know the facts, nor the science, so let's talk about it,""The Speaker of the House said that people who are fully vaccinated but don't support wearing a mask are morons. She wanted to say that the House should follow the science.