Jan. 6 committee fallout for Arizona politicians (2023)


Several Arizona political figures could be in the spotlight during the House Select Committee’s public hearings.

Also, what new polling tells us about the Republican primary for governor, and why won’t Katie Hobbs debate in the Democratic primary?

Chris Love, outgoing board chair of Planned Parenthood Advocates, and Republican Kathy Petsas, former chair of the LD28 Republican Committee, discuss with Brahm Resnik.


Tonight I say this to my Republican colleagues, who are defending the indefensible.

There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone.

But, your dishonor will remain.


Welcome back to square off that warning to her fellow Republicans was one of the more memorable lines delivered by Congresswoman Liz Cheney at last week's.

First, public hearing for the House committee investigating, the January 6th insurrection.

There were a lot of Arizona threads running through that hearing from Arizona, proud boys to presidential pardons.

Joining us to weave those threads into a kind of tapestry.

Chris Love, a Democratic activist and the outgoing board chair for Planned, Parenthood.

Advocates of Arizona and Kathy Petsas.

The former chair of the Legislative District 28 Republicans, the most competitive district in the state, and a former State, House, candidate., Welcome back to square off., Thank you for having us.

Good to see you both., The, investigation.

Those hearings are really about accountability and setting, the historical record.

So I'm, not getting into horse race questions, here.

But Kathy.

I wonder how? Well you thought Liz Cheney and the other members of the committee.

And the whole presentation really responded to that assignment.

Well, I thought, they were very composed.

They were deliberate and setting out facts with evidence and supportive, information.

And I think that they executed.

Very, well, their case and people will be turning tuning back in., Yeah, and they're, I think, six or seven more hearings to go.

When you when you hear Liz, Cheney, talk, about., Say, you were defending the indefensible.

And and basically your dishonor will remain a stain.


Much impact does that have that was stinging? That was a very stinging, moment.


Think that anyone listening who has had any doubts or certainly those elected officials that has to remain in their conscience at some point that they know.

And we realized last night that many of them knew that.

All of this was bogus.

And they were told this by their advisors and so yes.

Their dishonor will live on Chris.


Did you make of this early reckoning?, I felt that the the hearing was really compelling.

And this is coming from someone who doesn't like watching congressional hearings because I feel like they're political theater for the most part, but I think from moving forward.

This is going to be must see television for a lot of folks who, especially the folks who play inside baseball with politics, right? Let's, bring it home to Arizona and Liz Cheney described Donald Trump, seven part plan to overturn.

The election.

I kept checking off.

Walks after box because Arizona Republicans were involved in just about every one of them, phony, electors., The protests before the insurrection, you name it, the calls here to Arizona to people like Bill, Gates, Clint, Hickman, our County Board members.

We are in the thick of it.


Do you think among all the politicians have been named in three or four might.

Of something to worry about here?, Well, I think that we've seen about 800 people who were at the the protest itself being charged.

And there they look like they're working their way.



We've got the folks that were there.

I think we're going to.

We've also seen that they've gotten the proud boys.

And the Oath Keepers, so I think that we're going to.

We're going to see some folks who identify as Oath Keepers.

And especially the folks who were in the fake electors.

I think that they have some things to worry about, because from what I saw, that looks like where we're going next.

That's that is.

Definitely on the agenda.

Kelly Ward, the Arizona Republican Party chair, questions about how the role she played in organizing.

The fake electors her phone records have been subpoenaed? What about Congressman Andy, Biggs?, I thought, there was a moment in that hearing when Liz Cheney mentioned, Congressman, Scott, Peters told them the members of Congress asked for pardons from President Trump.


The January 6th committee mentioned in a letter to Andy Biggs.

We think you asked for a pardon.

Where does that go? Well, that needs to come out., We need to know who asked for a pardon and those candidates and congressmen need to be asked why, by their constituents.

And that needs to be a perpetual question.

Because why would you ask for a pardon? What would be the reason for that at that moment? Does, this play in Republican primaries or even depends on what comes out?, You know, we don't know, what's gonna come out in the next couple of weeks.

And certainly more facts are gonna are gonna be shed.

They're going to see a lot more evidence, we're going to.


We saw last night how they are supporting those facts with compelling information.


You know, it.

It needs to come out.

Let's move on to the primaries primary for governor on the Republican side.

An internal poll showed Carrie.

Lake leads Karen, Taylor Robeson that lead shrinking to four points.

According to this data.

Orbital poll, 27% to 23% within the margin of error.

Matt Salmon was at 12%.

But when voters were told that Trump was endorsed by Donald Trump, her lead expanded from four points over Karen Taylor Robson to 13 points.


You surprised she got such a bounce out of the endorsement, a little bit?, What, I'm, more interested in.

And what I've noticed, is that.

I'd, rather be Robeson rising than where Kerry Lake is leaking her her lead and Robeson has the momentum.

She keeps growing and that's really where you want to be.


This point.

I think that these hearings are going to damage some of the.


Some people have in Trump, but I do think that the voters are smart.

They can disassociate who he endorses with whom they see as their favorite candidate., And I think Karen Robson, hopefully will rise to the occasion.

She certainly is now and be successful on August 2nd.


We saw former Governor, Jan Brewer coming out recently against Kerry Lake in a very sharp, ad., How.

Significant is that?.

I think it is I think Jan Brewer has still a lot of cachet in this state.

And there are a lot of people who remember her and like her and supporters of her.

And also they might be on the fence that they might be a lake or Robson.


Someone like Jen Brewer coming out for Karen helps Karen just three weeks until the first early votes are cast July, 6th., So, that's coming up, real fast., I want to switch to your side., Why, isn't, Katie, Hobbs, debating Marco? Lopez, in the primary for governor., Does Katie, Hobbs need to debate.

Anyone? I think that her internal polling has showed that she's going to take this away in the primary.

And so I think that she's running a race like she is running in the general.

I know that she's preparing to debate, whoever the winner of the Republican contest is, whether it's Kerry Lake or Karen, Robson.

So I'll, tell you I'm having flashbacks to 2014 when Democratic nominee, Fred.

Duvall had really no opposition, wasn't really out there that much before the fall election.

Got going and wasn't wasn't, ready, hadn't, truly been tested like many candidates need to be.

Is that a concern with Katie Hobbs that she really has not been tested? That.

She has not been out there?.

Well, I would say that Katie has been throughout the state, right? She's doing the things that she needs to do outside of Maricopa, County, right?, Because, it's, a statewide election.

So she's been visiting Yuma and Flagstaff and.

Prescott and talking to voters.

They, are., I know that her team is really working hard on preparing for debates, but I think that the concern that she might not be ready is an interesting one.

We'll just have interesting or valid.

You're, trying to put me on the spot here, Brown., I think it could be a valid.

Concern., Quite, frankly, I think that we all know that Katie has a style.

And she hasn't had to had a tough debate before.

So we shall see.

My fingers are crossed.


How many Republicans are on the Jan 6 committee? ›

United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack
Select committee
Political partiesMajority (7) Democratic (7) Minority (2) Republican (2)
PurposeTo investigate the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021
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What is the point of the Jan 6 Committee? ›

“After assembling a complete documentary record of what happened on Jan. 6 and what caused it, the main purpose of the Jan. 6 committee is to make recommendations as to policy changes that will prevent any further close calls with violent and lawless attacks on our government.

Did the Arizona GOP chair plead the fifth? ›

Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions from the Jan. 6 select committee, a lawyer for the panel revealed in federal court Tuesday.

Who is on the j6 committee? ›

Meet the members of the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection
  • Bennie Thompson. Democratic Rep. ...
  • Liz Cheney. GOP Rep. ...
  • Adam Schiff. Rep. ...
  • Jamie Raskin. Rep. ...
  • Elaine Luria. Rep. ...
  • Pete Aguilar. Rep. ...
  • Zoe Lofgren. Rep. ...
  • Stephanie Murphy. Rep.
Jun 9, 2022

Who were the 2 Republicans on the 1 6 committee? ›

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's appointment to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. He will join Wyoming's Liz Cheney as the only two Republicans on the panel.

Which jan 6 committee members are not returning to Congress? ›

Four Jan. 6 committee members won't return to Congress in 2023
  • Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
  • Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
  • Elaine Luria, D-Va.
  • Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.
Dec 19, 2022

How much did the Jan. 6 committee cost? ›

The committee to investigate Watergate, according to a 1974 White House Communications memo, amassed $6.3 million in expenses over the course of a single year between a staff of more than 300, equivalent to nearly $40 million in today's dollars when adjusted for inflation.

What are the criminal charges of the Jan. 6 committee? ›

The charges recommended by the committee are conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress, conspiracy to make a false statement and aiding an insurrection.

Why is the rule committee so powerful? ›

The Committee has the authority to do virtually anything during the course of consideration of a measure, including deeming it passed. The Committee can also include a self- executed amendment which could rewrite just parts of a bill, or the entire measure.

Has Arizona ever been a Republican state? ›

However, Trump's campaign has launched various post-election lawsuits challenging the results. As of 2022, no Republican has won the presidency without carrying Arizona since its statehood in 1912, but Democrats have won the presidency without carrying the state six times, most recently Barack Obama in 2012.

What party controls the Arizona House and Senate? ›

Arizona State Legislature
Seats90 30 Senators 60 Representatives
Senate political groupsRepublican (16) Democratic (13) Vacant (1)
House political groupsRepublican (30) Democratic (29) Vacant (1)
27 more rows

What party controls Arizona government? ›

Most political offices are currently held by members of the Republican Party.

Who was the lead investigator for the Jan 6 Committee? ›

Heaphy Led the House Jan. 6 Investigation.

How many people stormed the Capitol? ›

More than 2,000 rioters entered the building, many of whom vandalized and looted; assaulted Capitol Police officers and reporters; and attempted to locate lawmakers to capture and harm.

What is the Republican investigation of Jan. 6? ›

WASHINGTON — A Republican-controlled House committee launched an inquiry Wednesday into the Democratic-controlled Jan. 6 committee, which a staff member said will review whether pertinent information about the riot was omitted from the high-profile examination of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Did the Republicans get kicked off the committee for January 6? ›

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republican members for the select committee that will investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by threatening to pull House Republicans out of the process.

Did Republicans refuse to be on the January 6th Committee? ›

McCarthy pulls all Republicans from January 6 Select Committee after Pelosi rejects two picks.

Who led the half breed Republicans? ›

Senator James G. Blaine of Maine was Conkling's counterpart on the other side of the issue, leading the faction that came to be known as “Half Breeds.” Blaine and his followers “were known as 'Half Breeds' because of their willingness to depart from Stalwart orthodoxy,” writes historian Lewis L.

What is happening on jan 6 2023? ›

Friday, January 6, 2023, will mark 24 months since the attack on the U.S. Capitol that disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results.

How many Republicans in the House in January 2023? ›

February 21 – November 21, 2023
Leader sinceJanuary 3, 2019January 3, 2023
Leader's seatCalifornia 20thNew York 8th
Last election222 seats, 50.6%213 seats, 47.8%
Seats before222212
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Is this the 118th Congress? ›

Members of the 118th Congress were sworn in on January 7, 2023.

Can Congress shut down a DOJ investigation? ›

Multiple experts agreed that there is ultimately little Congress can do through oversight activities to thwart the DOJ. David Janovsky, analyst at the Project on Government Oversight, said that while a GOP congressional investigation may add “speed bumps” to DOJ probes into Trump, it cannot alone stop it.

What is the only crime that Congress can punish? ›

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Is assaulting a congressman a federal crime? ›

Assault on a Congressional, Cabinet, or Supreme Court Member (18 U.S.C. § 351) A federal law exists specifically concerning assault on members of Congress or the executive branch or justices of the United States. Attempting to injure one of these individuals is punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration.

What are the two rules that you follow at home? ›

Examples of common family rules:
  • No hurting. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • No interrupting. Wait for your turn to speak.
  • No yelling in the house. Use an inside voice when talking in the house.
  • No climbing or jumping on furniture. Sit on the couch or lie down on the bed.
Nov 5, 2019

Which Senate committee is the most powerful? ›

The Senate Appropriations Committee is the largest committee in the U.S. Senate, with 30 members in the 117th Congress.

How many House members are on the Rules Committee? ›

United States House Committee on Rules
Standing committee
Political partiesMajority (9) Republican (9) Minority (4) Democratic (4)
PurposeSpecial Rules and Original Jurisdiction
13 more rows

What is most Republican state? ›

However, it is important to note that Washington D.C. (while not a state) has 3 electoral votes and 76% of residents identify as Democrats, while 6% identify as Republicans. Wyoming was the most Republican state, with 59% of residents identifying as Republican, and only 25% of residents identifying as Democratic.

Is Arizona mostly Republican or Democrat? ›

Arizona joined the Union in February 1912 as the 48th state and final piece of the continental United States. The state has traditionally gone Republican in presidential elections.

What percentage of people in Arizona are Republican? ›

Voter Registration Statistics – April 2023 *
Party NameRegistered VotersPercent
No Labels170.00%
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Can a senator override a governor? ›

If the Governor vetoes the bill, a two-thirds vote in each house is needed to override the veto. The Governor's Office releases veto messages which explain the veto; these messages are available from the Governor's Office and on the Internet.

Who has majority in Arizona? ›

Arizona House of Representatives
Seats60 Representatives
Political groupsMajority Republican (31) Minority Democratic (29)
Length of term2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, Arizona Constitution
24 more rows

Is Arizona a good place to live? ›

Retirees are flocking to Arizona for its great weather, affordable housing, and low taxes. There's no tax on social security and public pensions qualify for a tax deduction. Arizona has plenty of affordable housing and retirement communities for seniors, and property taxes are lower than the national average.

Does Arizona have a libertarian party? ›

In Arizona's 2022 Election Cycle, the following political parties meet the requirements for continued statewide representation: Democratic Party, Libertarian Party, and Republican Party.

What are the 3 political parties? ›

  • Democratic Party.
  • Republican Party.
  • Independents.
  • Related pages.
  • References.
  • Sources.

What are the 7 political parties? ›

The political parties currently qualified to participate in the elections are, in alphabetical order: the American Independent Party, the Democratic Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, and the Republican Party.

What is an example of a select committee? ›

Examples include the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the House and the Select Committee on Intelligence in the Senate. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is a select committee, though the word select is no longer a part of its name.

What is Liz Cheney doing now? ›

Washington — Former Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican who was ousted from House GOP leadership over her criticism of former President Donald Trump and lost a primary battle last year, is joining the University of Virginia's Center for Politics as a "professor of practice," the center announced Wednesday.

What is the longest sentence for January 6? ›

Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers, last week was sentenced to 18 years in prison for seditious conspiracy — the longest sentence imposed on a Jan. 6 defendant to date.

How long are the rioters in jail for January 6? ›

6 attack : NPR. 2 more Oath Keepers are sentenced to prison terms for Jan. 6 attack A federal judge sentenced Army veterans Jessica Watkins, of Woodstock, Ohio, to more than eight years in prison and Kenneth Harrelson, of Titusville, Fla., to four years in the 2021 riot.

How many people are in jail from Jan. 6? ›

Roughly 350 suspects remain on the FBI's wanted list of violent offenders. Arrests slowed in 2022, with at least 230 charged, compared with roughly 700 in 2021. Of the 192 people who have been sentenced to incarceration, the average incarceration time levied is 16 months.

How many Republicans are on the Jan. 6 investigation committee? ›

United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack
Select committee
Political partiesMajority (7) Democratic (7) Minority (2) Republican (2)
PurposeTo investigate the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021
13 more rows

What happened to the Jan. 6 investigation? ›

In the end, the panel came to a unanimous conclusion that Trump coordinated a “conspiracy” on multiple levels, pressuring states, federal officials and lawmakers to try to overturn his defeat, and inspired a violent mob of supporters to attack the Capitol and interrupt the certification of President Joe Biden's win.

What is the documentary about Jan 6th insurrection? ›

Trump's American Carnage. Made in the weeks following the attack on the Capitol, this documentary from Michael Kirk and his team examined the road to Jan. 6, how Trump stoked division, violence and insurrection, and how the leaders of his own party ignored the warning signs of what was to come.

How many Republicans are on the Rules committee? ›

United States House Committee on Rules
Standing committee
Political partiesMajority (9) Republican (9) Minority (4) Democratic (4)
PurposeSpecial Rules and Original Jurisdiction
13 more rows

How many Republicans are on the Budget committee? ›

United States House Committee on the Budget
Standing committee
Political partiesMajority (21) Republican (21) Minority (16) Democratic (16)
Senate counterpartSenate Budget Committee
11 more rows

Is GOP on the January 6th Committee? ›

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday his party won't participate in the committee investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection if Democrats won't accept the members he appointed.

What are the most powerful committees in Congress? ›

The most powerful committees, such as Energy & Commerce, Appropriations and Ways & Means are of special interest to lobbying firms.

What party controls the Rules Committee? ›

Because of the vast power wielded by the Rules Committee, its ratio has traditionally been weighted in favor of the majority party, and has been in its “2 to 1” (9 majority and 4 minority members) configuration since the late 1970s.

Who is the ranking member of the Rules Committee? ›

Rules Committee Members
Majority MembersMinority Members
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Vice ChairRep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO)
Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN)Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández(D-NM)
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
5 more rows

Has Congress passed a budget for 2023? ›

For fiscal year 2023, the bill provides $136.7 billion, an increase of $9.8 billion above the budget request and an increase of $20.5 billion above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level.

Who is the Ranking Member of the budget committee in the Senate? ›

United States Senate Committee on the Budget
Standing committee
ChairSheldon Whitehouse (D) Since February 2, 2023
Ranking memberChuck Grassley (R) Since February 2, 2023
17 more rows

What is the biggest thing the House of Representatives is responsible for? ›

As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress's two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government's legislative branch.

How many black Republicans are in Congress? ›

Between 1789 and 2020, 152 have served in the House of Representatives, 9 have served in the Senate, and 1 has served in both chambers. Voting members have totaled 156, with 6 serving as delegates. Party membership has been, 131 Democrats, and 31 Republicans.

Which party controls House and Senate 2023? ›

16 Republicans officially gained the control of the 2023 U.S. House as incumbent Republican Mike Garcia was declared victorious in California's House District 27—the 218th seat filled by the GOP in this fall's election.

Which party controls the Senate 2023? ›

In the 118th United States Congress, Democrats have majority control of the Senate. Of the 100 seats in the Senate, 48 are held by Democrats.

What happens to the Jan 6 committee after elections? ›

6, 2021, attack on the Capitol is set to dissolve no matter who wins Tuesday's midterm elections — but a GOP takeover of the House leaves a near zero chance it will be revived. The panel, like all other select committees established this Congress, will sunset with the start of the next Congress in January.

What is the Republican investigation of Jan 6? ›

WASHINGTON — A Republican-controlled House committee launched an inquiry Wednesday into the Democratic-controlled Jan. 6 committee, which a staff member said will review whether pertinent information about the riot was omitted from the high-profile examination of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Which GOP member of Jan 6 Committee warns of more violence? ›

One of two Republican members of the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, starkly warned Sunday that his own party's lies could feed additional violence. “There is violence in the future, I'm going to tell you,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said on ABC's “This Week” program.

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