A House Republican who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump and now serves on the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riots says federal authorities should prosecute those who defy the committee’s subpoenas, and that they should look at subpoenaing Trump.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s comments come after President Joe Biden publicly said the Justice Department should prosecute former Trump advisor Steve Bannon for refusing to provide testimony to the committee.
“The president has every right to signal,” Kinzinger tells CNN. “I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. God knows, the prior administration every two hours was trying to signal to the Justice Department.”
Kinzinger then told CNN they are considering at what point to subpoena Trump himself, which would set off a legal showdown/
“If we subpoena, all of a sudden, the former president, we know that’s going to become kind of a circus,” said Kinziger. “That’s not necessarily something we want to do up front.”
Kinzinger and Wyoming Congressman Liz Cheney, who also voted to impeach Trump, are the only two Republican who chose to join the committee.
Kinzger, a leftist Illinois Republican with a long record of voting with Democrats on major issues, may be nearing the end of his political career. Despite nearly a decade of compromising with Democrats, that state’s Democrat-controlled legislature appears ready to eliminate his congressional district.
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