As the work of the January 6th select committee continues, there were many political observers who always believed that it would come to this. They saw through the lip-service offered early on by Nancy Pelosi and others, who suggested that the committee would not simply be a de facto “third impeachment” of Donald Trump.
But, as we’ve seen over the course of the last several months, the group has aimed their investigation directly in the former President’s direction, hoping to stymy any chance he has at another term in office.
Now, in the midst of a 7-part public hearing plan, some of which was even produced by a former ABC television executive, at least one Republican Representative is saying the quiet part out loud.
Adam Kinzinger had the following to say during an interview on ABC this week;
Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked, “It’s up to the Justice Department in the end but have you reached the conclusion that President Trump should be prosecuted?”Trending:
Kinzinger said, “I certainly think the president is guilty of knowing what he did, seditious conspiracy, being involved in these kinds of different segments of pressuring DOJ, vice president etcetera. Obviously, as you know, we’re not a criminal charges committee. I want to be careful in specifically using that language. But what we are presenting before the American people would rise to the criminal involvement by the president and definitely failure of the oath. The oath has to matter here. Your personal demand to stand for the Constitution has to matter. If you have people that don’t regard that at all, there’s no law in the world that we can pass that will make a bit of difference.”
The committee has thus far declined to recommend that Trump be charged with any crime, however, and it is unclear as to whether or not such a maneuver is even being considered.