Earlier this year, several Big Tech social media companies moved to banish former President Donald Trump from their platforms following the Jan. 6 Captiol riot.
This hasn’t satisfied his opponents, however, and one congressman recently said that criminal charges can’t be ruled out for the former president.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger is one of two Republicans who sits on a House select committee tasked with investigating the events surrounding Jan. 6.
“A lot of questions”
According to The Hill, Kinzinger was asked during a recent appearance on CNN’s State of the Union about whether or not Trump might face legal liability.
“I’m not ready to go there yet,” the long-time Trump critic told host Jake Tapper on Sunday. “But I sure tell you I have a lot of questions about what the president was up to.”
Kinzinger went on to acknowledge that it is “obviously a pretty big thing to say” that the former president is guilty of criminal malfeasance.
Still, the congressman added that he and his colleagues “want to know, though.” Kinzinger added, “And I think we will, by the end of our investigation and by the time our report is out, have a pretty good idea.”
“Nobody, Jake, is above the law,” he insisted. “Nobody. Not the president — he’s not a king — not former presidents, they aren’t former kings.”
“Nobody is above the law,” Kinzinger repeated. “And if the president knowingly allowed what happened on Jan. 6 to happen, and, in fact, was giddy about it, and that violates a criminal statute, he needs to be held accountable for that.”
“I want to hold the people guilty accountable, but I want to make sure this never happens again. Otherwise, January 6 will have been, yes, a failed trial run, but, sometimes, a failed trial run is the best practice to get one that succeeds, a coup that would succeed in toppling our government.”
The Hill noted that Tapper at one point played a clip of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (R) talking about the potential for criminal charges.
“Whoever corruptly obstructs, influences or impedes any official proceeding or attempts to do so shall be fined or imprisoned, not more than 20 years, or both,” she said.