Rep. Adam Kinzinger said the January 6 panel is examining if anyone, including Trump, committed a crime in the Capitol riot

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Adam Kinzinger
  • GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said the January 6 select committee is looking into if Trump acted criminally.

  • "Nobody is above the law," Kinzinger told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday.

  • Kinzinger also told ABC's "This Week" that the committee would subpoena Trump if necessary.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said the House select committee investigating the events of January 6 is looking into whether or not former President Donald Trump committed a crime related to the Capitol riot.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, host Jake Tapper asked the Illinois representative if he believes Trump committed a crime and if that's something the committee is "explicitly investigating."

Kinzinger said he could not yet say whether he believed Trump had committed a crime but thinks it's something they will know by the end of the investigation.

"Nobody is above the law. And if the president knowingly allowed what happened on January 6 to happen, and in fact was giddy about it, and that violates a criminal statute, he needs to be held accountable for that," Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the committee, said.

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The congressman said it was too early to say if Trump acted criminally but that he has "a lot of questions about what the President was up to."

Kinzinger said the committee is looking into "every bit of detail" around what happened that day, but that he thinks it's more important to look at what allowed the insurrection to happen in the first place.

"What I think is almost more important is what led up to January 6? What is the rot in the democracy that allowed the 6th to happen? And have we corrected from that since?" Kinzinger said.

In an interview with ABC's "This Week," Kinzinger also said the committee could subpoena sitting members of Congress if necessary, as well as Trump.

"Obviously, when you subpoena the former president, that comes with a whole kind of circus environment," Kinzinger told anchor Jonathan Karl. "But if we need him, we'll do it."


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