Kinzinger Supports Jan. 6 Commission Subpoenas for McCarthy, Jordan
Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger said Sunday he supports subpoenas for members of Congress who may have held talks with former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 before rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol — even if that includes their fellow Republicans. Kevin McCarthy or Jim Jordan.
“I will support the subpoenas for anyone who can shed light on that. If that’s the leader, that’s the leader,” Kinzinger, the Republican from Illinois, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It is essential to history, to the American people, and to the fact that we get to the heart of this. I think anyone who has bits of that information, with inside knowledge, can probably expect to speak to the committee.”
“I want to know what the president was doing every moment of that day,” Kinzinger said, describing how the House Select Committee wants insight into the actions Trump took after he addressed a crowd of supporters in The Ellipse, southern US. The White House on January 6.
“I want to know, if the National Guard took five or six hours to get to Capitol Hill, did the president make any calls?” Kinzinger told “This Week” co-host Jonathan Karl. “I think if the President of the United States had picked up the phone and made a call, [National] The guard was there right away. These are things we can’t just sweep under the rug and say, ‘This was a full seven months ago. ”
On whether Trump himself would be brought in to testify, Kinzinger said that may not be necessary, as “there were a lot of people around him” involved in the actions that led to the January 6 riots.
“If he has unique information, that’s one thing,” he said, “but I think there are a lot of people around him who know a few things.” “My intention is for the commission to get a full account of the truth. It may cost you a lot of legal fees to try to resist, but we’ll get to that answer.”
Kenzinger and Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wu, are the only two GOP members selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on a House select committee tasked with investigating the events in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.
During its first hearing last week, the committee heard testimony from four police officers who defended the Capitol that day and criticized Trump and the Republicans who remain loyal to him for allegedly inspiring and then downplaying the attack.
Members of the Freedom Bloc in the House of Representatives Then he called on Thursday McCarthy to remove Kinzinger and Cheney from the House Republican convention, as part of another chapter in the battle within the party between anti-Trump Republicans and Trump loyalists.
while appearing inLife, Liberty and LevinMeanwhile, Jordan, which was broadcast on Sunday, said select committee chairs Rep. Benny Thompson and Pelosi could not positively draw attention to the far-left Democrats’ agenda, which is largely unpopular in the heart of the country, also pointing to high inflation and turmoil. other. .
Because of that, Jordan said the only “playbook” they have is a return to attacking Trump, which has proven to energize their base — and that the January 6 commission is the latest iteration after the Mueller investigation, two impeachment bodies and Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., intelligence committee hearings controversial.
Thompson said staff will meet with Justice Department officials next week, and the committee is seeking a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland. The committee plans to meet during the August recess to discuss next steps, including possible subpoenas.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Charles Kretz contributed to this report.