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Kinzinger on McCarthy warning about Jan. 6 commission: ‘Who gives a s—?’

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Thursday dismissed a warning from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to his members not to accept a seat on a special House committee that will probe the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

“Who gives a shit?” Kinzinger asked reporters Thursday morning when he was questioned about McCarthy’s reported threat to members of his caucus that they could be stripped of their committee assignments for accepting a spot on the body. 

The House voted Wednesday to set up a select committee to investigate what led to and happened during the Jan. 6 attack carried out by supporters of former President Trump. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines, 222-190, with only two Republicans, Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), joining every Democrat in supporting the creation of the committee.

The select committee will be composed of eight members selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and five chosen by McCarthy.

Pelosi has indicated she is considering selecting a Republican for one of her appointments, and Cheney and Kinzinger have not ruled out the possibility of serving if she asks. 

“We’ll see how this whole thing shakes out,” Kinzinger said

He and Cheney are two of the most prominent critics of Trump remaining on Capitol Hill. Both have blamed him for inciting the insurrection and voted to impeach him over it earlier this year. 

Cheney was booted from her spot as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference after McCarthy said her criticisms of the former president had become a distraction. 

Kinzinger earlier this week ripped into Trump and his supporters after watching his first post-presidential rally in Wellington, Ohio, over the weekend. 

“It was a rally of a loser president. I mean, he’s the first president to lose reelection in decades,” he said. “I don’t know why these people would go there and in essence ogle at and in many cases just sort of worship a loser.” 

Tags Adam Kinzinger Capitol breach Capitol insurrection Capitol riot Criticism of Donald Trump Donald Trump Jan. 6 capitol riot Kevin McCarthy Liz Cheney Nancy Pelosi
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