Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the assault on the U.S. Capitol, will support the subpoenas for the testimony of Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader, and senior GOP officials from the Congress, including Jim Jordan, a prominent Trump ally from Ohio.
“I would support subpoenas on anyone who can shed light” on the events of January 6, Kinzinger said on ABC’s This Week Sunday show.
“If it’s the leader, it’s the leader; if it is someone who has spoken to the president who can provide us with that information.
He also suggested that an subpoena to appear for Donald Trump himself was unlikely, given the ongoing circus around the former president and Trump’s habit of lying.
Illinois Kinzinger and Wyoming Rep. 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, over their support for the lie of Trump that his loss to Joe Biden was the result of voter fraud.
Republicans in the Senate blocked an independent commission. The GOP has since attacked the House committee for not being sufficiently bipartisan. On Sunday, even Susan Collins, a moderate senator from Maine who voted to impeach Trump for the attack on Capitol Hill, told CNN on the State of the Union: “I don’t think it’s fair that the speaker decides which Republicans should be on the committee. “
The panel held a moving first hearing this week, with the testimony of four police officers who fought rioters. All officers asked representatives to find out who inspired and led the riot.
One, Harry Dunn, said: “If a hit man gets hired and he kills someone, the hit man goes to jail. But not only does the hitman go to jail, but also the person who hired him.
“There was an attack on January 6 and a hitman sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of this.
McCarthy and Jordan are known to have spoken to Trump on January 6.
McCarthy’s conversation was brought up during Trump’s second impeachment trial, accused of inciting insurgency.
According to a Republican MP, Trump responded to McCarthy’s protests against the riot, around which five people died, by saying, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people were more upset than you about the election. “
McCarthy was evasive when asked about the conversation.
Jordan admitted this week that he also spoke to Trump on Jan.6.
In addition, according to a note from a senior Justice Department official released Friday by a House committee, Trump mentioned Jordan as an ally in Congress during a Dec. 27 appeal in which he told the prosecutor acting general to “simply say that the election was corrupt [and] leave the rest to me ”.
“I want to know what the president was doing every moment of the day after he said, ‘I’m going to walk with you to Capitol Hill,’” Kinzinger told ABC, referring to Trump’s remarks at a rally near from the White House on January 6, before Congress was taken by storm.
Stories from best-selling books say Trump mainly watched television and must have been pressured to record a statement saying the rioters should return to their homes.
Kinzinger continued: “After [Alabama representative] Mo Brooks stood up and said, “We are going to let off steam and take names, today the patriots are taking the country back from others”, I want to know what they were doing because it is going to be important.
“I want to know, you know if the National Guard took five or six hours to get to Capitol Hill, did the president make any calls?” And if [he] didn’t, why, and if he did of course, then how come the National Guard takes another five hours? I think if the president had picked up 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 might not even need 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 leading up to January 6th.
“Obviously, if you talk to the former president, it’s going to have… everything associated with it, so when I look at that, I’m like, maybe.” But I know we will get to the information. If he has any unique information that’s one thing, but I think there are a lot of people around him who knew something.
Kinzinger is an Air Force veteran and member of the National Guard and was one of many representatives who became moved as he spoke to the officers who defended the Capitol and presented a video of the violence that day- the.
He told ABC, “These are things we can’t sweep under the carpet” That was seven whole months ago, you know, the story “that some people are trying to do because it’s politically embarrassing.
“If anyone is afraid of this investigation, I asked you a question: what are you afraid of? I mean, even you’re scared of being discovered to have some guilt, or… if you don’t think it was a big deal, then you should allow it to go ahead.
“So this is essential for the history of the American people, for the truth … anyone with any part of this information, with insider knowledge can probably be expected to speak to the committee.” “