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Adam Kinzinger thinks Donald Trump ‘is guilty of knowing what he did’ in the January 6 uprising

One of two Republicans on the House Jan. 6 committee said Sunday he believed former President Donald Trump’s actions as described in public hearings this month “reached a level of involvement criminal” in the events surrounding the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” if he thinks Trump should be prosecuted, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger said, “I certainly think the president is guilty of knowing what he did – a seditious plot, to be involved in these kinds of different segments and pressuring the DOJ, the vice president [Mike Pence]etc.”, Kinzinger said.

He continued, “Obviously, you know, we’re not a criminal charges committee. So I want to be careful in using that language specifically. But I think what we’re presenting to the American people would certainly reach a level of criminal involvement by a president and certainly the failure of the oath.”

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Sunday showed that 58% of Americans believe that Trump “bears a good or great deal of responsibility for the events of January 6 and that he should be charged with a crime.” (Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Jan. 6 House inquiry as politically motivated and one-sided.)

The House Select Committee was set up to investigate what happened around the deadly January 6, 2021 insurgency, following Trump’s 2020 presidential election defeat and his campaign several months to reverse this defeat.

In an ongoing series of hearings, the House committee has detailed some of the evidence gathered during its 11-month investigation, including testimony from Trump’s inner circle showing investigators say Trump knew he was. was pushing to challenge the 2020 results and have Joe thrown out by Pence. Biden’s victory was groundless — and illegal.

PHOTO: Representative Adam Kinzinger leaves during a break during a hearing on the January 6 inquiry at the Cannon House office building in Washington, June 13, 2022.

Representative Adam Kinzinger leaves during a break during a hearing on the Jan. 6 inquiry at the Cannon House office building in Washington, June 13, 2022.

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“It’s critical right now that we get this under control and figure out how to defend our democracy,” Kinzinger, a vocal member of the GOP’s anti-Trump minority, said on “This Week.”

“I think it’s actually blowing Watergate out of the water,” Kinzinger said of the current moment, blaming the partisan divide for “lack of leadership.” The congressman, who is not running for another term, said his party had “completely failed the American people in truth. … It makes me sad, but it’s a fact.”

“If you’re not willing to tell the truth to people in America, you shouldn’t run for Congress,” he said.

Stephanopoulos also asked Kinzinger about the upcoming election, noting that the next presidential contest could have “similar controversy.”

“We see President Trump’s allies being elected to run elections in state after state. I’ve already pointed out the divide between Republicans and Democrats about what happened on Jan. you worried about 2024?” asked Stephanopoulos.

“Very worried,” Kinzinger replied.

“It’s the unspeakable thing,” he continued. “We’re so focused on what’s happening in DC and Congress and the Senate, but when you have these election judges talking to people who fundamentally don’t believe in democracy — authoritarians — 2024 is going to be a mess. .”

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