Collins questions Jan. 6 panel, Kinzinger says Trump’s testimony unlikely
Corrections and Clarifications: The title of this story has been updated to correct Senator Susan Collins’ comments on the January 6 Select Committee.
WASHINGTON — Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over the House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, while lamenting the collapse of a banned independent committee in the Senate.
“There were numerous contacts with President Trump that day,” Collins said Sunday, when asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” if Trump’s allies should appear before the committee about his role in fomenting the Capitol riots.
“While the rioters are primarily responsible for what happened, there is no doubt that President Trump helped incite and motivate the rioters,” she continued.
It is widely described as moderate, Collins voted to impeach Trump for inciting rebellion It pushed for the formation of an independent commission to investigate the events of January 6 in the form of the September 11 commission.
Collins told CNN’s Jake Tapper that she was ‘Disappointed’ Committee has been bannedHe then criticized the House committee as “partisan” and questioned its motives. Collins did not directly criticize House Republicans serving on the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, and instead focused her disapproval on Pelosi’s decision not to seat two of her fellow Republicans who were nominated. By House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“I respect both, but I don’t think it was right for the speaker to decide which Republicans should be on the committee,” Collins said.
Kinzinger poured water on the idea that Trump himself was testifying during an interview with ABC News’ This Week on Sunday.
“If he has unique information, that’s one thing, but I think there are a lot of people around him who know some things,” Kinzinger said of the former president.
“But I think the biggest thing is … that the American people deserve the truth that they need,” he continued.
However, Kinzinger added that the committee may invite McCarthy, Calif., to testify due to his contacts with Trump during the attack and his knowledge of the former president’s whereabouts and mental state.
“I will support the subpoenas for anyone who can shed light on that,” Kinzinger said. “If that’s the leader, that’s the leader.”
The Illinois Republican also indicated that other colleagues, including Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, may be called to testify.
While House Democrats put forward a proposal to create an independent commission on January 6, Senate Republicans blocked the procedure by stalling. Then House Democrats created their own selection committee with incumbent lawmakers to investigate instead.
Shortly before the first hearing, Pelosi, California, He rejected two Republican nominations for the committeeRepresentative Jim Banks, Indiana Republicans and Jordan on their vote to run in the 2020 election.
“Out of respect for the integrity of the investigation, insistence on the truth, and concern about the statements and actions made by these members, I must reject the recommendations of the representatives of banks and Jordan to the select committee,” she said in a statement. .
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