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Kinzinger: McCarthy and Jordan should face the Capitol strike panel, but maybe not Trump | Attack on the US Capitol


Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the assault on the US Capitol, will support subpoenas for testimony from Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader, and senior members. Congressional Republican Party rank, including Jim Jordan, a prominent Trump ally from Ohio.

“I would support subpoenas to anyone who can shed light” on the events of January 6, Kinzinger said Sunday, on ABC’s This Week.

“If that’s the leader, that’s the leader; if someone who has spoken with the president can provide us with that information. “

McCarthy and Jordan are known to have spoken with Donald Trump on January 6.

McCarthy’s conversation was raised in the second impeachment trial of Trump, accused of inciting an insurrection.

According to a Republican congresswoman, Trump responded to McCarthy’s protests about the riot, around which five people were killed, by saying, “Well, Kevin, I think these people were more upset about the election than you.”

McCarthy has been evasive when asked about the conversation.

Jordan admitted this week that he also spoke to Trump on January 6.

Additionally, according to a memo from a senior Justice Department official released by a House committee on Friday, Trump named Jordan as an ally in Congress in a call on Dec. 27 in which he told the attorney general interim that “Just say the elections were corrupt [and] leave the rest to me ”.

Kinzinger suggested that a subpoena for Trump himself was unlikely, given the ongoing circus surrounding the former president and Trump’s habit of lying.

The Illinois representative and Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney are the only Republicans on the House panel after McCarthy withdrew his cooperation in reaction to President Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of Jordan and Jim Banks of Indiana, due to their support for the Trump’s lie that his loss to Joe Biden was the result. of electoral fraud.

Republicans in the Senate blocked an independent commission. Since then, the Republican Party has attacked the House committee for not being bipartisan enough.

On Sunday, even Susan Collins, a moderate senator from Maine who voted to impeach Trump for the attack on Capitol Hill, told CNN’s State of the Union: “I don’t think it’s right for the speaker to decide which Republicans should be on the committee. “.

The panel held an emotional first hearing this week, with testimony from four police officers who fought the rioters. All officers asked representatives to find out who inspired and led the riot.

One, Harry Dunn, saying: “If a hit man is hired and kills someone, the hit man goes to jail. But not only the hit man goes to jail, but also the person who hired him.

“There was an attack on January 6 and a hit man sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of it. “

Referring to Trump’s comments at a rally near the White House on January 6, before Congress was stormed, Kinzinger told ABC: “I want to know what the president was doing at every moment that day after he said : ‘I’m going to walk with you to the Capitol.’

The best-selling accounts say that Trump primarily watched television and had to be pushed to record a statement saying the rioters should go home.

Kinzinger continued: “After [Alabama representative] Mo Brooks stood up and said, ‘We’re going to kick back and take names, today is the day the patriots take the country away from other people,’ I want to know what they were doing because that’s going to be important.

“I want to know, you know, if the National Guard took five or six hours to get to the Capitol, did the president make any calls? What if [he] He didn’t, why, and if he did, of course, how come the National Guard still takes five hours? I think if the president had answered the phone and made a call, the guard would have been there immediately. “

When asked if he would support a subpoena for Trump, he said: “We may not even have to talk to Donald Trump to get the information. There were tons of people around him. There were tons of people involved in the things that led up to January 6.

“Obviously, if you talk to the former president, that’s going to have… everything associated with that, so when I look at that, I think, maybe. But I know we will get to the information. If you have unique information, that’s one thing, but I think there are a lot of people around you who knew something. “

At Tuesday’s hearing, Kinzinger, an air force veteran and member of the National Guard, was one of several representatives who got emotional when they spoke to officers and released a video of the violence on January 6.

He told ABC: “This is something we can’t hide under the rug, ‘that was seven months ago, you know, history’ that some people are trying to do because it’s politically inconvenient.

“If someone is afraid of this investigation, I asked them a question: What are they afraid of? I mean, even if you’re afraid of being found out to have some guilt, or … if you think it wasn’t a big deal, then you need to allow this to go ahead.

“So this is essential to the history of the American people, to the truth … anyone with bits of that information, with insider knowledge, can probably hope to speak to the committee.”


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