Kinzinger says he thinks Justice Department ‘will do the right thing’ and indict Trump on Jan. 6
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Said Sunday he believed the Justice Department would charge former President Donald Trump after the House Jan. 6 committee concluded its investigation detailing his lobbying campaign to cancel the elections.
“If that’s not a crime, I don’t know what is. If a president can incite an insurrection and not be held accountable, then there really is no limit to what a president can or cannot do,” said January 6 committee member Kinzinger. during an interview on CNN. of the Union.
“I think the Department of Justice will do the right thing. I think he will be charged, and I frankly think he should be,” he continued, pointing to the findings of the committee’s official report into its 18-month investigation into the deadly Capitol riot.
Kinzinger said he believes the former president should be charged and convicted based on the evidence uncovered by the committee.
“If he is not guilty of a crime then I frankly fear for the future of this country because now every future president of this country can say here is the bar – do whatever you can to stay in power “said Kinzinger.
Kinzinger, who decided not to seek re-election, was one of two GOP lawmakers who served on the Jan. 6 committee. The panel is expected to disband when Republicans take over the House in the new Congress.
The committee released its more than 800-page final report late last month, following a final public meeting in which all nine panel members voted to recommend that the Justice Department pursue prosecution. charges against Trump as he makes another bid for the White House in 2024.
The full report details the committee’s arguments that largely blame the former president and his false claims of widespread voter fraud for the Jan. 6 attack.
Trump has repeatedly accused the committee of being driven by partisan politics. At the time of the criminal dismissals, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung responded by repeating a statement the campaign has used previously, calling the panel a “kangaroo court” that “set up show trials by supporters of Never Trump who are a stain on the history of this country. ”