GOP Rep. Rodney Davis Facing Trump and the Jan. 6 Committee


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Why Rep. Rodney Davis lost his primary to a Trump-backed rival

Eight questions for… Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.): We spoke with Davis, who lost his primary to a Trump-backed primary challenger in June, about why he lost, his criticism of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and why he thinks a Democrat won the special election. for a House seat in New York. This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.

Early: It’s been two months since you lost your primary at Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) after Democrats combined your districts in redistricting. You lost despite obtaining the mentions of Representative Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Darin La Hood (R-Ill.) and the Illinois Agricultural Bureau. Why do you think you failed?

Davis: First, Illinois voters weren’t used to voting in June. This is the first time we have had a primary in June in my life. Second, in a low turnout environment, President Trump arrived in the district last weekend before [the primary and held a rally for Miller]. We couldn’t overcome that.

Early: Do you think Miller would have won if Trump hadn’t endorsed her?

Early: You were one of 35 House Republicans who voted last year to create a nonpartisan commission to investigate Jan. 6. Did you anticipate at the time that a primary opponent might cast your vote against you as Miller did?

Davis: Not at all. Frankly, I think even President Trump would prefer to have a bipartisan commission right now. I thought it was the right thing to do, and I think recent history and select committee partisanship prove me right.

Early: You criticized the select committee of January 6. What do you think was done well and where did it fail?

Davis: I don’t have time to list the areas where I think they failed. I’ll start with the most pressing area they have yet to address: why did the security apparatus fail so miserably before and on January 6? My life was saved by the bravery of the Capitol police who ran into gunfire so my friends could get away on the baseball field five years ago. Seeing my heroes, those Capitol cops, put in the situation they were put in on January 6 — it breaks my heart and it makes me angry at the same time. Because we know from the evidence collected in a bipartisan Senate rulebook [Committee] investigation that the Capitol Police Intelligence Division had information from the FBI indicating that the Capitol would be attacked. Through testimony during this same bipartisan investigation, we also know that this information was not even passed on to [Capitol Police] Chief [Steven] Sun. It’s odious. Why has no one been held accountable for these actions and inactions? These are the questions that the select committee has not yet asked.

Early: Why do you think the select committee wasn’t more interested in delving into these issues?

Davis: Because it’s all about Trump.

Early: You’re the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, which is in charge of Capitol security. Who do you think bears the responsibility for the January 6 security breaches?

Davis: There were a whole host of bad decisions across the spectrum of the security apparatus that were unfortunately made that day. We have invested hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to secure the Capitol complex. But at the same time, we’ve let bureaucracy get in the way of making sure we don’t have breakable glass in the Capitol – things like that could have been done years ago and, frankly, I thought they had already been finished.

Early: You were one of five Republicans who House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy initially appointed to the select committee. Do you think in retrospect that it was a mistake on McCarthy’s part to remove the Republicans from the committee after house tenant Nancy Pelosi refused to authorize two of its appointees – Jim Jordan Representatives (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) — to sit on?

Davis: It certainly wasn’t a bad decision at the time. Frankly, this is an unprecedented decision by Speaker Pelosi not to seat members of the minority party. It’s a precedent I can’t believe she and the Democrats allowed to be set. But I believe that was their intention: to create a select committee that was only going to focus on one thing, and that would go after President Trump.

Early: After the abortion vote measure was defeated in Kansas earlier this month, you said Puck the issue was “something every Republican needs to worry about, especially if used as motivation to get Democrats to vote in this election.” What do you think of the Democrats’ victory Tuesday in the special election for a House seat in New York?

Davis: Oh, I don’t care. Frankly, it seems to me that the Democrat probably ran the better campaign. Turnout in special elections is very different from turnout in general elections. All you have to do is watch the special election wins Republicans had in 2018 that [were] not a harbinger that we retain the majority. Nor will this race be a harbinger of the Democrats’ ability to hold onto a majority.

Biden’s student loan action spurs instant political battle

Trouble in Paradise: Cracks have opened in the Democratic Party following Biden’s decision to forgive billions in student loans, our colleagues Matt Aim and Marc Guarino write. “Moderates said Biden was doing too much and liberals demanded he do more, while Republicans adamantly opposed the debt cancellation plan.”

Here’s what Democrats are saying in competitive races across the country, per Aim:

  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.): Masto said she disagreed with Biden’s decision, adding, “It doesn’t address the fundamental issues that make college unaffordable.”
  • Representative Chris Pappas (DN.H.): Pappas slammed Biden for “evading Congress and passing a plan that he says is unpaid and would add to the deficit.”
  • Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine): “This decision by the President is out of touch with what the majority of the American people expect from the White House, which is leadership in addressing the most immediate challenges facing the country,” he said. declared.
  • Representative Tim Ryanthe Democratic candidate for the Ohio Senate: “While there’s no question that a college education should be about opening up opportunity,” Ryan said, “debt cancellation for those who are already on the path to financial security sends the wrong message to meet millions of ungraded Ohioans who work just as hard to get there.”

Not just along party lines: The move also “addresses volatile issues of education and class, with conservatives saying it will force blue-collar workers to subsidize elite students, and black and liberal leaders saying it will bring critical relief to people in difficulty”, write our colleagues. . “And it quickly sparked debates about fairness, including among those who had given up on expensive college to avoid onerous debt, only to now see the government helping those who went to expensive schools.”

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome H. Powell will present his plan today in a highly anticipated speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on how the Fed can “control inflation without plunging the economy into a recession”, our colleague Rachel Siegel reports.

The speech comes a year after Powell reassured listeners at the Jackson Hole economics symposium that inflation would be temporary.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is expected to release the redacted version of Mar-a-Lago’s search warrant by noon.

National Abortion Federation imposes new restrictions

An ever-changing abortion landscape: The National Abortion Federation and his NAF Hotline Fund will now require patients who receive their funding to undergo a medical abortion — a two-part regimen that includes mifepristone and misoprostol — in a state where abortion is legal, our colleague Caroline Kitchener reports.

Patients who cross state lines to have a medication abortion usually take mifepristone in the clinic where abortion is legal before returning home with misoprostol, in an abortion-free state, at take between 24 and 48 hours later. “The restrictions will disproportionately impact poor women and women of color,” multiple providers in Kitchener said.

  • “It’s hard enough to make this trip even if you’re going home the same day,” said an abortion provider in New Mexico who is subject to NAF regulations. “Now my patients are unnecessarily regulated even more by a so-called ally.”
  • The new NAF restrictions, the supplier added, “sound like something an anti-abortion lawyer would write.”

The White House, meanwhile, is denouncing new abortion restrictions that went into effect this week in Idaho, Tennessee and Texas, as well as an Oklahoma law that goes into effect on Saturday that will increase “penalties for doctors who perform illegal abortions, to include a $100,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison,” as our colleague Katie Berger reports.

“Congress should act immediately to pass legislation restoring protections for deer — and people across the country should make their voices heard,” the White House press secretary said. Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement to The Early.

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