Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Unwell.) appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday to debate the Jan. 6 committee hearings which have painted a damning picture of former President Donald Trump’s effort to overthrow democracy.
“Once you attempt to overthrow the need of the people, and you are trying a coup in america government, you have got to pay for that. Period,” said Kinzinger.
Kinzinger also found it telling that plenty of Trump’s close allies ― including his White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and no less than six GOP lawmakers ― had requested presidential pardons after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“You don’t seek a pardon unless you really think that either you committed against the law otherwise you’re concerned that perhaps you committed against the law,” Kinzinger said.
“They knew what they were doing,” he added. “These Republican members of Congress knew what they were doing, they usually have to be shamed for it within the very least.”
Watch the interview below on “Late Night”: