Kinzinger Fact-Checks Latest Trump Hogwash About Jan. 6 Committee


Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is not backing down in his role as a member of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. In response to a Fox News column from right-wing activist and Trump ally David Bossie that was sharply critical of the riot investigation committee’s work, Kinzinger pledged that the panel “will get to [the] truth” — and that’s definitely the direction that they’ve already been shown to be going. The committee is setting up public hearings for coming months, and they’re continuing to pursue testimony from key individuals around Trump and what happened at the Capitol in January. As Kinzinger put it this week:

‘We will get to [the] truth. If truth is dangerous to Mr. [Bossie] that says more about him, than us. [Here’s] to a year of defending democracy and crushing authoritarians!’

One of the riot investigation committee’s recent moves was to request information from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who, besides his alliance in Congress with Trump, was in contact with the then-president on January 6 itself. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairperson of the riot investigation panel, noted in a letter to Jordan that the committee members “understand that you had at least one and possibly multiple communications with President Trump on January 6th,” adding: “We would like to discuss each such communication with you in detail.” Thompson elaborated that the committee is also hoping to ask Jordan about “meetings with White House officials and the then-President in November and December 2020, and early-January 2021, about strategies for overturning the results of the 2020 election.”

Kinzinger also spoke out this week in response to a statement from Trump, who claimed that the riot investigation panel had “dropped a large portion of their request for my records and documents… [because] they don’t want this horror show to happen to Biden and Hunter in three years.” Characterizing the panel as having let go of a “large portion” of their request for records from the Trump administration is not accurate — Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the panel’s vice chair, said on Twitter that the committee hadn’t abandoned their requests for “necessary” records from Trump’s administration. And obviously, the insinuation about trying to shield the Bidens from scrutiny is not accurate; the issue, as explained by The New York Times, is that “releasing some of the documents could compromise national security.”

As Kinzinger put it, responding to Trump’s wrongly self-confident statement:

‘As expected the lies continue. Not in any way true. The truth however will be vindicated by the findings of the [January 6th Committee]’