RNC censure heats up Hill, Stefanik says RNC had ‘every right’ to admonish Cheney, Kinzinger

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Even a top House Democrat, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, had something to say, that RNC’s actions show GOP in ‘deep trouble’

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik said Tuesday the Republican National Committee had “every right to take any action” to admonish fellow GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating in chamber Democrats’s Jan. 6 committee – extending the brewing, intra-party feud over the matter.

Stefanik became the third-ranking House Republican after Cheney was ousted from the post for voting to impeach President Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

At a Capitol press conference on Tuesday, Stefanik said Cheney, of Wyoming, and Kinzinger, of Indiana, would ultimately face the consequences of their actions at the ballot box but supported the RNC’s decision to hold a censure vote against them.

“The RNC has every right to take any action,” the New York lawmaker said. “And the position that I have is that you’re ultimately held accountable to voters in your district. Voters who you represent. And we’re going to hear the feedback and the views of voters pretty quickly here this year,” she said. 

Cheney is running against the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman for Wyoming’s sole congressional seat, while Kinzinger has opted to retire at the end of his term. 

Stefanik would not go so far as to give her seal of approval to the language used in the censure resolution, which indicated that those those who engaged in the riot were “citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.” But she called the Democrat-led Jan. 6 select committee an act of “political theatre.”

“It’s about punishing partisan opponents and not getting to the real facts which should be how can we ensure that the Capitol complex is safe, not only for those of us who work here but for the American people to come continue to advocate for policies they believe in,” she said.

By Sophie Mann and Nicholas Ballasy

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