Photo: Representative Adam Kinzinger speaks as the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, DC, July 21, 2022.

Adam Kinzinger says the Jan. 6 crimes “reached Donald Trump”

Former President Donald Trump committed crimes Related to riots in the Capitol last year Jan. 6 House committee member Adam Kinzinger said Sunday that he should ideally be tasked with the Department of Justice.

“I certainly hope they move forward,” Kinzinger, R-Illinois, told ABC’s “This Week” co-host Jonathan Karl of the Justice Department’s separate investigation into events related to the insurgency. I definitely think there is evidence of crimes, and I think it comes down to Donald Trump.”

Kinzinger’s comments come after the House committee ended its summer hearings, with the last hearing last week focused on Trump’s 187-minute inaction as his supporters looted the Capitol.

Democrats and other Trump critics have expressed hope that the Justice Department’s investigation will eventually target the former president. Attorney General Merrick Garland has repeatedly stressed that prosecutors’ work and decision-making will not take place in public, but Clearly indicated last week That “no one” is above the law.

When Karl pressed him about the optics the Justice Department was conducting to investigate a former president and a potential future candidate, Kinzinger said he was more concerned about the precedent that would be set if Trump was not indicted.

“We never want to be in a position as a country [of] What you see in failed democracies, where every last administration is put on trial. But there is a big difference between “I will prosecute the last administration for political revenge” and not prosecute an administration that literally attempted a failed coup. “This is a precedent that I am most concerned about,” Kinzinger said.

“If there is evidence that this happened from a judicial perspective, and if there is an ability to move forward with prosecution and you don’t, you are basically laying the groundwork for future behavior by any president,” he added. “And I don’t think democracy can withstand that.”

Karl Kinzinger asked about one of the highlights from the January 6 hearings so far: when former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that She was told Trump was physically criticized After his elaborate Secret Service refused to let him go to the Capitol with his supporters.

Representative Adam Kinzinger speaks as the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2022.

Patrick Simansky/AFP

The Secret Service said shortly after Hutchinson’s testimony that they would respond formally.

“Why haven’t you yet spoken to the key details that were in that car on January 6 with Donald Trump or the driver of that car? Will that come?” Karl asked.

Kinzinger hinted that the lack of new information on that front was due to the agency, not the investigators.

“The commission is most welcome, if they testify under oath, to open the doors wide and welcome them at any moment. It’s not our decision that they haven’t done so yet,” he said, calling Hutchinson a “very credible witness.”

He also asked Karl Kinzinger about a phone call between House Republicans just days before the January 6 attack. According to Kenzinger’s account in an interview with the Washington Post, Illinois Representative warned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that he was concerned about violence because voters were “convinced… that the election was stolen,” and McCarthy replied, “Thank you, Adam. Next caller.” (McCarthy has not commented on the Post on Kinzinger’s account.)

“Would it have been different if he had just stood up and said, ‘No, the election wasn’t stolen’, and backed out of the effort?” Karl said.

“It would be very different now,” Kinzinger said. “Would he have been pushed aside in the process? Maybe.” “But the question is, what are you going to stand for in your life, you know? Are you going to come out known as the man who enabled a failed coup attempt, or are you going to be the guy who comes out standing, really?”

Photo: A video of former US President Donald Trump recording an address to the nation on January 7, 2021, is shown on a screen during a hearing in Washington, July 21, 2022.

A video of former US President Donald Trump recording an address to the nation on January 7, 2021, is shown on a screen during a hearing in Washington, July 21, 2022.

Wayne McNamee / Getty Images

Kinsinger, a prominent member of the anti-Trump minority in the Republican Party, also criticized Republicans who echo Trump’s unfounded doubts about the integrity of the 2020 election, noting that they are deceiving their voters. McCarthy called by name.

“Ladies and gentlemen, and especially my Republican friends, your leaders, to a large extent, have been lying to you,” he said. “They know the election was not stolen, but they will send fundraising requests, they will take your money and they will use you to stay in power. You are being mistreated.”

He continued, “You can be mad at Liz Cheney and me – that’s fine… We’re not the ones lying to you. They’re the ones you think are telling you what you want to hear. They’re the liars. And Kevin McCarthy is among them.”

#Adam #Kinzinger #Jan #crimes #reached #Donald #Trump

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.