In an unexpected move, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger announced this week that former President Donald Trump may be called to testify about the riot on Capitol Hill.
Along with Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Kinzinger is one of two Republicans to sitting on a committee that is investigating the disturbance January 6 unrest.
Congressman says investigation is needed to prevent “another January 6”
The Washington Examiner reported that Kinzinger made the declaration Sunday morning while giving an interview to ABC’s “This Week.”
“Everything prior to that is the rot in the democracy or the rot in self-governance that we have to correct so we don’t get another January 6,” Kinzinger was quoted as saying.
“So absolutely anybody, nobody — member of Congress, former president — nobody in America is above the law,” the congressman continued.
At one point Kinzinger offered his thoughts regarding how Americans will look back on the events that he and his Democratic colleagues are investigating.
“Probably a significant amount of more people believe that Antifa or the FBI had something to do with January 6,” the Illinois representative suggested.
“It’s been a year, and we haven’t had any real, in essence, detailed accountability for what led to that. The history books, who knows what they’re going to say because who will control the narrative?”
Trump repeatedly asked supporters to remain peaceful as Capitol was being breached
Last week, Rep. Cheney made headlines when she alleged that text messages between former President Trump and White house chief of staff Mark Meadows prove Trump took no action for 187 minutes while the Capitol Hill riot unfolded.
“The violence was evident to all,” Real Clear Politics quoted Cheney as saying. “It was covered in real time by almost every news channel.”
“But for 187 minutes, President Trump refused to act when action by our President was required, essential, and indeed compelled by his oath to our Constitution.”
However, The Federalist disputed Cheney’s characterization of events, noting that Trump took to Twitter 23 minutes after the Capitol was breached and called for those present to respect law enforcement and behave peacefully, a call he then repeated 30 minutes after that.