We’ve known for some time now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the supposedly bipartisan committee created to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the Capitol’s January 6, 2021 incursion isn’t really about justice or even about finding out what really happened.
Our first clue was given to us right off the bat when Pelosi announced who would actually be joining her on the committee, as well as who wouldn’t be.
If you didn’t already know, the committee is and always has been made up of mostly Democrats. I say mostly because there are two registered Republicans on the roster. However, they just happen to be two of the party’s most liberal and un-republican lawmakers. They are, of course, Wyoming’s Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Both Cheney and Kinzinger voted against Trump in Pelosi’s ridiculous attempts to impeach him, despite both of their districts going for the now-former president in both 2016 and 2020. And since then, their unwillingness to be the voice of their constituents has caused the Republican National Committee to pretty much kick them out.
It’s also important to note that neither Cheney nor Kinzinger was originally chosen to be part of Pelosi’s committee. When it was first created, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy nominated much more conservative Representatives Jim Banks of Ohio Indiana and Ohio’s Jim Jordan. But as both of these two are much more right-leaning, Pelosi rejected them, choosing Cheney and Kinzinger as her only Republican committee members, if in name only.
Our next clue and really all the proof that we ever needed that the committee was nothing more than an excuse to point blame at the Republican Party and anyone who might view Donald Trump favorably is that just about anyone who ever supported Trump has since been targeted.
Most recently, that arrow has been aimed at the Republican National Committee and its supporters.
But the RNC isn’t about to take the subpoena they were issued lying down.
Instead, as they made clear in a Wednesday news release, they will fight it tooth and nail, even issuing a lawsuit of their own in response.
According to the release, the panel issued the RNC and a software company they use known as Salesforce.com a subpoena for a multitude of information about RNC members, donors, and supporters. Naturally, the RNC is none too thrilled about being forced to offer up their members on a platter for the committee to do with as they will.
And so they are fighting back.
RNC Chief Counsel Justin Riemer said, “Nancy Pelosi and the committed have weaponized Congress’ investigatory powers by issuing this staggeringly broad subpoena which tramples on core First Amendment rights of the RNC and millions of Americans.” And the group is not about to let one political party “use the force of government to unlawfully sieve the private and sensitive information of the other.”
The main problem with the subpoena is that it is vastly too broad. According to the release, it asks for things far beyond any possible relevance to the incursion investigation, such as the personal data of up to some 60 million Americans, as well as information on things like the strategies used for Election Day and the Georgia Senate runoffs of 2020 and 2021.
As the release says, “this information has nothing to do with January 6, and there is simply no reason the committee needs personal and private information on millions of Americans.”
Additionally, the group noted that they were put in danger, like the Capitol complex, with a bomb being left outside of RNC headquarters. But, of course, the committee has failed to even begin investigating that…
That violence, as well as any that occurred on that day, has been staunchly condemned by the RNC, leaving little reason for Pelosi and her ilk to even consider them guilty of such crimes.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped Pelosi from trying to insinuate just that.
But she might have bitten off a bit more than she can chew this time around. With Democrats already on the run ahead of the 2022 midterms, this suit against Pelosi and her not-so-partisan panel could just be the last nail in their coffins.