During an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week,” Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger said “I would expect to see a significant amount of subpoenas” issued by the House committee investigating the January 6 Insurrection.
Kinzinger, one of two Republican members of Congress picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to sit on the committee, said the committee intends to do a thorough accounting of the events on and around Jan. 6.
“We want to do this expeditiously. … What led up to it, what really happened and what happened in the aftermath.”
During the interview, Jon Karl asked the congressman if he was in favor of calling fellow members of Congress to testify, such as Jim Jordan and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Both are close allies of former president Trump, and both have confirmed they talked with Trump on January 6 at different times.
Kinzinger said in response:
“I would support subpoenas to anyone that can shed light on that. If that’s the leader, that’s the leader.”
Here’s the full answer he gave to the question:
Adam Kinzinger, a Republican member of the January 6 committee, says on ABC that he supports subpoenaing Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy pic.twitter.com/CjEPoO2Fx3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 1, 2021
Later in the interview, Kinzinger also defended Pelosi from recent attacks by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who accused the Speaker of being responsible for Jan. 6 because of security lapses at the Capitol. Kinzinger called Stefanik’s accusations a sign of desperation meant to derail the investigation. He also noted that while “the speaker and I don’t get along on a lot of things. On this, we do. Blaming what happened on Jan. 6 on the security posture, that’s like blaming someone for being a victim of crime.”
Separately, Maine Senator Susan Collins went on CNN’s “State of the Union” and told Jake Tapper Pelosi should not have vetoed Jordan and Jim Banks from serving on the select committee, even though both voted against certifying the election results and Jordan could be called as a witness. Here’s the exchange:
Collins says Pelosi shouldn't have blocked Jim Jordan and Jim Banks from the 1/6 committee.
Jake Tapper responds: The reason she did that is [they] are election liars. One of whom, Jim Jordan, is possibly a material witness. He spoke with Trump that day." pic.twitter.com/YE1AoT7FrK
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) August 1, 2021