Kinzinger: I ‘fear for this country’s future’ if Trump isn’t charged beyond Jan. 6 | CNN Politics


Outgoing Republican Adam Kinsinger said on Sunday he feared for the country’s future. If former President Donald Trump has not been charged with crimes related to January 6, 2021Attack on the US Capitol building Although he believes the Department of Justice will “Do the right thing”

“If this is not a crime I don’t know what it is If the president can instigate riots and not take responsibility, there really is no limit to what the president can or cannot do,” the Illinois legislator told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

“I think the Department of Justice will do the right thing. I think he will be charged. And I honestly think he should be punished,” Kinsinger said of Trump. “If he is not guilty I honestly fear the future of this country.”

Kinzinger serves as one of two GOP members on the House Select Committee to Investigate Capitol Riots. summary of its work last month and filed a lawsuit against the DOJ and the public for evidence prosecuting Trump in several criminal chapters.

The The committee referred to Trump. against the department on at least four criminal charges: obstruction of government action, defrauding the United States, making false statements. and assisting or supporting riots. The panel also said in its executive summary that there was evidence of possible allegations of conspiracy to harm or obstruct officials and conspiracy to incite sedition.

In practice, citation is an effective symbolic measure. The Department of Justice is not required to take action. Although Special Counsel Jack Smith, appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Trump, ask for evidence compiled by the selection committee

“The Republican Party is not the future of this country. Unless it’s fixed,” Kinzinger told Bach. He added that he viewed GOP leader Kevin McCarthy as responsible for Trump’s political resurgence after Jan. 6.

“Donald Trump lives politically today because of Kevin McCarthy,” he said. “He went to Mar-a-Lago a few weeks after January 6th and revitalized Donald Trump. Rump, he’s the reason Donald Trump is still an important factor.”

Kinzinger said that although he “Short-Term Fear” for American Democracy But he is more hopeful in the long run.

“I am honored to be at this moment in history and to do the right thing,” the congressman said. It has faced criticism within the party over his stance towards Trump.

The Illinois Republican, who did not run for re-election last year Said he wouldn’t do it. “One thing is different,” but will not miss out on Congress. And while he said the Trump debate was “fun,” Kinzinger told Bach he had no intention of running for president in 2024.

while another retired Republican Express optimism about the future of Congress.

“I know who I work with in Congress. There’s a middle class. You don’t see them or hear them a lot. Because they are like the middle class. They are serious about their job,” said Kevin Brady of Texas on the show. “Fox News Sunday”

“I think if more people saw the working class in Congress, You will have more confidence like me,” he adds.

Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Standing Committee, said it was his “hope” that McCarthy would win the bid for his spokesman.

“I think Kevin McCarthy understands this meeting very well. He works with people across the spectrum,” Brady said. “I’m sure he can pull these final votes together.”

With Republicans in the House, only a majority in the next Congress. So McCarthy Try to lock down the desired sound. to be the next speaker Even after bowing to a large number of GOP commentators in recent days.

This story has been updated with more details.