Three Kentuckians with a vote at the Republican National Committee did not take part in a voice vote to censure two Republicans, U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, and Adam Kinzinger, of Illinois, because of their involvement in a Congressional investigation of the Jan. 6 raid of the U.S. Capitol.
Republican Party Chairman Mac Brown, RNC National Committeewoman KC Crosbie, and former RNC Chairman and current Kentucky RNC National Committeeman Mike Duncan were not present for the vote, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The resolution voted on Friday by other Republicans on the National Committee described the deadly Jan. 6 riot that forced lawmakers to flee the Capitol in fear for their lives, as “legitimate political discourse.”
The resolution is the latest fracture point amongst Republicans around former President Donald Trump. The Republican National Committee (RNC) previously condemned the violence at the Capitol at the time of the riot, splitting with the President over the matter.
The resolution to censure GOP Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger were adopted via a ‘voice vote’ during the annual RNC meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. No roll call was taken on the resolution to censure and it took place without dissent, according to NBC News.
The censure vote amounts to the RNC immediately ceasing support of the U.S. Representatives as members of the Republican Party. The resolution reads in part, “Cheney and Kinzinger are participating in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in political discourse.”