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GOP shouldn’t have House majority if pushing conspiracies and lies, says Kinzinger

GOP shouldn’t have House majority if pushing conspiracies and lies, says Kinzinger

WASHINGTON — If Republicans are pushing lies and conspiracies, said Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. on Sunday, they shouldn’t take control of the House.

“I think if we’re going to be in charge and pushing conspiracy and pushing division and pushing lies, then the Republican Party should not have the majority,” Kinzinger said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Kinzinger, a critic of his own party and former President Donald Trump, was one of two Republicans appointed by Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to sit on the panel examining the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. was the other Republican.

“All I can say right now is my party has to embrace truth. We have to have a full reckoning of what happened on January 6, and we have to turn away from conspiracy,” said Kinzinger, when asked whether he thinks voters should trust House Republican leaders with the majority in the next election.

Last week, House Freedom Caucus Chair Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., sent a letter to GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., urging him to remove Kinzinger and Cheney from the conference, accusing them of taking orders from Democrats.

“If Andy Biggs has his way, we will be the party where truth-tellers and people that want to stand up for the Constitution, like Liz Cheney and myself, get kicked out of the party because there’s no room for truth,” said Kinzinger on Sunday. “So, I would encourage the rest of my colleagues in the Republican Party to not just passively resist that move, but to do it open and honestly.”

Teaganne Finn

Teaganne Finn is a political reporter for NBC News.

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