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Exclusive – House GOP poll shows January 6 committee “Partisan”

House GOP members were briefed at their annual monthly conference meeting on Wednesday about poll data that proves the majority of Americans view House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan.6 committee as a sham “Partisan,” Breitbart News learned exclusively.

“The data shows it doesn’t work for Democrats,” a senior GOP House official in attendance for the briefing told Breitbart News.

“We are united and convinced that the American people know that this is another partisan gimmick orchestrated by Nancy Pelosi to distract from the Democrats’ dire record on the issues that voters really care about: jobs, inflation, security, ”added the senior GOP assistant.

The poll data briefing takes place at the monthly House GOP conference meeting of all House Republicans, most of whom attend except Reps Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney ( R-WY), which sources familiar with the matter confirm to Breitbart News has not attended a GOP conference meeting since Cheney was replaced earlier this year in May by Representative Elise Stefanik (R-WY) in as president of the conference.

The poll, conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as part of its monthly battlefield survey, found that 50% – a majority – of those polled saw the Jan. 6 Committee as “partisan and politically motivated. “.

The exact question asked of respondents was: “Do you believe that the ongoing investigation into the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by a select committee of the United States House of Representatives is …” and respondents were given two different options for responses, either “fair and balanced” or “partisan and politically motivated”. Half of those polled, 50%, said they were “partisan and politically motivated” while only 38% said they were “fair and balanced”. Eleven percent said they didn’t know, and one percent declined to answer.

When a second question was asked to dig deeper into the matter, the results became even worse for Democrats. “Knowing that the select congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol has 9 members, all chosen by President Nancy Pelosi, do you think that…” was the opening of the question before two options are offered as answers, either “the inquiry will be fair and balanced” or “the inquiry will be partisan and politically motivated”.

On this second question, a clearer majority of 57% responded that they thought the committee was partisan and politically motivated, while fewer respondents, only 35%, said they thought the survey was fair and balanced. Minus, eight percent, also said they didn’t know, and one percent again declined to answer.

The history of the January 6 committee partisanship is an interesting one, thanks exclusively to Pelosi’s decision to abuse the chair with an unprecedented move of removing minority members from the committee. When the committee was initially formed, GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy appointed a group of GOP members to the committee, as is customary for any congressional committee. Usually, the President appoints the members of the majority party and the leader of the minority appoints the members of the minority party. In this case, however, after McCarthy presented his selections – which included Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Founding Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R -OH) – Pelosi stripped these two members of their appointments and refused to allow Banks and Jordan to serve on the committee. In response to Pelosi’s action, which has no basis in history, McCarthy then removed the rest of the GOP members from the committee, making it a purely partisan sham.

What happened next was Pelosi asked Cheney (R-WY), the recently deposed former House GOP conference chair, and Kinzinger to join the committee. In the history of the House of Representatives, no member has ever obtained their commission assignments from the leader of the other party, so this was particularly unprecedented. But Kinzinger and Cheney’s earlier votes for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump earlier this year rule out the idea that they could be impartial about it, or that their involvement in this committee somehow provides a veil of privacy. bipartisan or non-partisan protection for the Democrats who run it.

Nonetheless, Cheney – including the most recent comments to the House Rules Committee in a video promoted by the January 6 committee – has done its best to assert that the committee is somehow not “partisan.”

Cheney said in this video that after McCarthy’s decision to step down from the Jan. 6 committee – she conveniently omits from her revised event history the fact that Pelosi removed two GOP members that McCarthy had appointed – whom the chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), “decided it would be a non-partisan investigation.”

Obviously, however, the American public doesn’t see it the way Cheney and his Democratic friends present it, based on the GOP poll members were told about. Additionally, this poll leans a bit on the Democratic side of things, as sources familiar with its sample say it is a battlefield district poll of several dozen congressional battlefield districts. with a Democratic edge of about four points – or a D-plus-4 – so the general American public is probably even more inclined to believe that the Jan. 6 committee is a “partisan” sham. The poll questioned 1,000 probable voters Nov. 6-10 in dozens of battlefield districts across America, and has a 3.1% margin of error.

The new poll data, and the fact that Americans view the Pelosi panel as partisan, united Republicans behind McCarthy’s decision to step down from the committee. “We are united behind Kevin and the management team’s decision to step down from this fictitious partisan ‘committee’ after Nancy Pelosi rejected our choices and we know it was the right decision,” said the Senior GOP Assistant at Breitbart News.

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