Kinzinger (R-Ill.) 'Fears for the Future' if Trump Isn't Charged

Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said on Sunday that he hopes the US Dept. of Justice (DOJ) “will do the right thing” and bring criminal charges against Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the United States Capitol.

Kinzinger (R-Ill.) 'Fears for the Future' if Trump Isn't Charged
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Facts

  • Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said on Sunday that he hopes the US Dept. of Justice (DOJ) “will do the right thing” and bring criminal charges against Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the United States Capitol.
  • Kinzinger served as one of two GOP members on the House select committee investigating January 6th. The panel finished its work last month and presented its case to the DOJ, advising it to pursue charges against Trump on multiple criminal statutes.
  • Kinzinger was also one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection in Jan. 2021.
  • The committee is set to end on Jan. 3, 2023, at the start of the new Congress, when Republicans will take control of the House.
  • Kinzinger also said he blames GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for what he characterized as "crazy elements" in Congress and for allowing Trump to still be a "factor" in politics.
  • Kinzinger did not seek re-election in 2022 and will not serve in the 118th Congress. Of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach former Pres. Trump, only two will serve in the next Congress.

Sources: Guardian, CNN, Axios, Independent, and Wall Street Journal.

Narratives

  • Democratic narrative, as provided by NBC. The House select committee investigating the Capitol riots uncovered enough evidence to charge and convict former President Trump with incitement of an insurrection. The DOJ should do the right thing and hold him accountable for the violence he caused.
  • Pro-Trump narrative, as provided by Wall Street Journal. The House select committee investigation of Jan. 6th is nothing but a kangaroo court and a vanity project that insults Americans’ intelligence and makes a mockery of democracy. Former President Trump has committed no crimes and attempts to prove otherwise are a waste of congress' time and taxpayer money.