Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Sunday that he expects “a significant number of subpoenas for a lot of people,” including members of his own party, over the investigation into the Jan. 6 riots at the United States Capitol.
Rep. Liz Cheney and Kinzinger are the two Republicans selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to preside on the bipartisan select committee investigating the causes and buildup to the riots earlier this year. During an interview on ABC’s This Week, Kinzinger revealed that he would even support subpoenaing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy if necessary.
“I would support subpoenas to anybody that can shed light on that — if that’s the leader, that’s the leader,” the Illinois Republican said. “Anybody with parts of that information, with inside knowledge, can probably expect to be talking to the committee.”
“It’s going to be a thorough investigation, that’s for sure,” Kinzinger added.
"It's going to be a thorough investigation, that's for sure."
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The panel investigating the attack on the Capitol held its first hearing last Tuesday, witnessing testimony from four police officers who were responding to the riots.
During the hearing, Kinzinger underscored “I’m a conservative” and made pleas against turning the investigation into a “partisan fight,” even as McCarthy labeled the two GOP members on the panel as “Pelosi Republicans.”
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has suggested that Cheney and Kinzinger could essentially be spies for the Democrats, noting that they were appointed by the Democratic House leader.
McCarthy attempted to make a resolution with Pelosi to appoint five of his picks to the Jan. 6 committee but was blocked by Democrats on July 26 following a vote. “Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to seat all five Republican Members directly harms the legitimacy, credibility, and integrity of the Select Committee,” the minority leader wrote in his resolution.
His last-ditch attempt came just days after he said he would pull all of his Republican appointee suggestions on July 21, when Pelosi blocked two of the five GOP appointees from participating.
The Jan. 6 committee will convene virtually before the House breaks for August recess, with additional plans to meet with Justice Department officials next week, according to Chairman Bennie Thompson.
Author: Kaelan Deese
Source: Washington Examiner: Kinzinger expects ‘significant number’ of subpoenas issued in Jan. 6 investigation