It's sad -- but not surprising -- that McCarthy has harsher words for patriotic members of his own conference than he does for the insurrectionists who viciously attacked Capitol law enforcement and the House Republicans holding a jailhouse presser on the insurrectionists behalf. — Robyn Patterson, Deputy Communications Director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
It's sad -- but not surprising -- that McCarthy has harsher words for patriotic members of his own conference than he does for the insurrectionists who viciously attacked Capitol law enforcement and the House Republicans holding a jailhouse presser on the insurrectionists behalf. — Robyn Patterson, Deputy Communications Director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Republicans attempt to undermine and distract from first 1/6 select committee hearing
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has made clear that he will not cooperate with the committee's work, is now showing that he plans to take his obstruction a step further, planning a news conference with his top lieutenants before the hearing in attempt to paint their work -- as he calls it -- a "partisan sham."

And McCarthy's attempt at coordinating a message, specifically aimed at laying the blame on Pelosi, could be easily undermined by the far right members in their conference, who have attempted to whitewash or downplay January 6, suggested the attack was an inside job by the FBI and defended the rioter who was shot and killed after storming the building.

A collection of those members, led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, plan to stage a news conference outside of the Department of Justice designed to draw attention to those arrested and charged with crimes stemming from the Capitol Insurrection. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona will be at that news conference as well. He has defended the rioters and has specifically taken up the cause of Ashli Babbit who was killed as she tried to storm the House Chamber. Gosar has described her death as an "execution," and demanded the officer who shot her be investigated and charged with her murder.

Greene will also hold a separate news conference, scheduled to take place during the hearing, with Republican Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Ralph Norman of South Carolina to make what she is calling a "major announcement."

McCarthy and his colleagues will hold a conference meeting Tuesday morning -- while the hearing is happening -- where among the topics expected to be discussed is an effort to punish Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, the two GOP members who accepted Pelosi's appointment to the committee.

The conversation happening at a time when Cheney and Kinzinger will not be able to be in attendance to defend themselves.

Democrats have made it clear they will make sure to tie the two groups together every chance they get.

"It's sad -- but not surprising -- that McCarthy has harsher words for patriotic members of his own conference than he does for the insurrectionists who viciously attacked Capitol law enforcement and the House Republicans holding a jailhouse presser on the insurrectionists behalf," said Robyn Patterson, a spokesperson for Pelosi.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and the chairman of the Select Committee said McCarthy has no one but himself to blame for the hyper partisanship surrounding the effort to get answers to what happened on January 6.

"If Leader McCarthy becomes more engaged in meaningful dialogue, I think the speaker would more than readily accommodate him," Thompson said. "But you can't throw these temper tantrums and expect people to work with you."
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