Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger said Sunday he supports subpoenaing members of Congress over the capital riots, including minority group leader Kevin McCarthy.
Illinois Kinzinger is one of two Republicans selected by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to investigate the riots.
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“I would support subpoenas for anyone who can shed light on [what happened Jan 6]. If that’s the leader? [McCarthy], that’s the leader,” Kinzinger told ABC News.
“If anyone has spoken to the president who can give us that information, I want to know what the president was doing at any time of that day after he said, ‘I’m going to the Capitol with you,’” he added. Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of former President Trump.
“If anyone is afraid of this research, I ask you one question: what are you afraid of?” said the representative. “I mean, are you afraid of being discovered with some guilt or something?
“If you don’t think it was a big deal, then you should let this go through,” he said of the controversial study.
Kinzinger, who was asked if he planned to speak with Trump as part of the investigation, did not rule out the move, but said it might not be necessary in the end.
“I don’t know. It depends on where the facts lead,” the congressman said. “Maybe we don’t even need to talk to Donald Trump to get the information. There were a lot of people around him. many people involved in the things leading up to January 6.
“If you talk to the former president, of course you get a whole new series, like everything related to it. So when I look at that, I’m like ‘maybe’. But I know we’re getting to the information,” Kinzinger said. “If he has unique information, that’s one thing. But I think there are a lot of people around him who knew some things.”
The other Republican on the panel investigating the deadly riots is Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wy.).
The panel held its first hearing earlier this week, where four law enforcement officers — including two Capitol Hill agents — testified.
Moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday torn Pelosis “partisan” committee charged with investigating the riot, blaming her for handpicking GOP members rather than letting McCarthy pick them.
“I fought very hard to have an independent, bipartisan, impartial outside committee to look into all the events of that day, and I am very disappointed that it was not approved,” Collins of Maine told CNN’s “State of the Union”. .”
“I think it would have been much more credible than Chairman Pelosi’s partisan commission that set them up,” Collins said of the California Democrat.