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Romney slams GOP censure of Cheney, Kinzinger over Jan. 6 committee involvement

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Feb 04, 2022

WASHINGTON — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney slammed his fellow Republicans for censuring GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating in the January 6 committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

"Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol. Honor attaches to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking truth even when doing so comes at great personal cost," Romney tweeted.

The measure, which was voted on Friday, says the party will "immediately cease any and all support of them as members of the Republican Party for their behavior, which has been destructive to the institution of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republican Party and our republic, and is inconsistent with the position of the conference."

It comes after an RNC committee chose to re-write the resolution to simply censure the lawmakers instead of expelling them from the Republican House conference altogether. The resolution to censure Cheney and Kinzinger passed the committee vote unanimously on Thursday night.

Cheney and Kinzinger have been two of the most vocal Republicans in their opposition to former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The House Select Jan. 6 Committee is being led by Democrats after Republican Senators last summer halted an effort to establish a bipartisan and bicameral Sept. 11-style committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riots.

In October, Kinzinger said he would not seek re-election in 2022. Cheney faces an intense primary fight after her opponent received an endorsement from Trump.