Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Sick.) said on Sunday that “the torch has been passed” from the House Jan. 6 committee to the Justice Department and the American people, following the committee’s final hearing before the November midterms that highlighted former President Donald Trump’s central role within the riot.
Within the committee’s public hearing last Thursday, members laid out damning evidence showing Trump’s plan to declare victory within the election whatever the results, in addition to the U.S. Secret Service’s advance knowledge of the violence that broke out on the Capitol. Committee members closed out the hearing by unanimously voting to subpoena the previous president within the investigation.
Trump responded to the subpoena with a long-winded letter posted on his social media platform Truth Social, repeating the identical lies he’s peddled for nearly two years now ― including that the election was stolen from him. The previous president didn’t say within the letter whether he would conform to testify before the committee.
“Well, I mean it was 14 pages of ― type of every ― looks as if every statement the previous president does now could be increasingly long and much more rambling. So I don’t know, I couldn’t glean whatever he got from that,” Kinzinger told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”
“What I do know is that this. We made a call and ― in front of the American people, , not behind closed doors ― to start the technique of subpoenaing the previous president. He’s required by law to are available,” he continued. “And he can ramble and ward off all he wants. That’s the requirement for a congressional subpoena to are available.”
Through the months of hearings and interviews, the Jan. 6 committee has weaved footage from that day with first-hand testimony from mostly Republicans and Trump loyalists to prove that the previous president attempted to overthrow the 2020 election and stay in power through any means mandatory.
Despite losing the election, Trump ignored the recommendation of senior staff, the courts and his own Justice Department, continuing to push the election fraud lie that has now spread to Republican candidates running for office this yr. Kinzinger said Sunday that the specter of election deniers holding office and subverting democracy is “definitely” continuing.
“Look, I don’t think that is just going to go away organically. That is going to take the American people really standing up and making the choice that truth matters,” he said. “With these deniers on the market that may’t even agree on basic facts or will mislead the American people ― or people like [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy, who’ve been put in a vital position that refuses to inform the reality because that’s much harder ― or that’s much easier to simply lie than to inform the reality and still attempt to win the speakership.”
“That is the fight. And I might like to say this was going to occur easily,” he continued. “It’s going to take everybody’s work on the market working hard, because don’t think you wish to leave your kids a rustic off like what we’ve been living in, by way of how divided it’s.”
As election deniers run for offices across the country, Jan. 6 Committee member Rep. Kinzinger says threat to democracy won’t “go away organically.”
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The committee is anticipated to compile a final report that may include legislative recommendations and potential criminal referrals to the Justice Department. Neither of those decisions will mechanically end in motion, however the panel hopes that their investigation has at the very least helped quash Trump’s conspiracy theories and disinformation concerning the election and the riot.
Based on Kinzinger, the query of whether the committee will make criminal referrals isn’t that significant since the Justice Department is “moving forward on this anyway” and “appears to be pursuing this beautiful hard.”
“It’s putting those facts together, putting together in additional of ― in a deeper type of way exactly what we all know. As an example, the last hearing I did before this last one, we ― it was about an hour-and-a-half long. That might have been a few four-hour hearing,” the congressman said of what the general public can next expect of the panel. “So, you’ll see more of those details, we’ll begin to work on recommendations, and on the other hand, we put out that report.
“And really, the torch has been passed ― yes, to the DOJ, but additionally to the American people,” he continued. “Because we’re saying, ‘Here’s what the deal is, now it’s as much as you to stop this from, A, happening again, and really take control as a self-governing country. What type of a rustic do you wish to live in? This is just not acceptable how we’ve been doing it. We will do way higher.’”