republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois suggested on Sunday that the 6th January Committee wouldn’t do much good from an affidavit donald trump – because he believes that the former President would not shy away from perjury.
“Look, Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t mind not telling the truth, let’s put it mildly,” Kinzinger told CBS News’ Face The Nation.
‘He lies all the time, I wouldn’t put it past him to lie under oath. So I’m not sure what the value there is.’
Kinzinger will chair the panel’s prime-time hearing on Thursday, the latest scheduled event in a series of eight presentations.
But one or two more could be expected after the committee completes its investigation and releases a report on the findings, the congressman told Face The Nation.
“This investigation will not be completed,” assured Kinzinger.
“This is the end of this type of grouping. I expect that when the report comes out we might have a hearing or two on it.
For now, the Illinois lawmaker said he and his colleagues on the bipartisan committee would be “negotiating back and forth” on whether to get Trump and other senior officials to sit down.
And while he’s skeptical of getting any results from Trump, Kinzinger has expressed interest in hearing from former Vice President Mike Pence.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who is leaving the House of Representatives later this year, is co-chairing the committee’s prime-time hearing on Jan. 6
“I think there’s a difference between whether we subpoena him? Do we ask him for a transcribed interview? I think it would be important to hear everything he has to say,” Kinzinger said of Pence.
“Even so, I’m not sure we’re getting much more out of him than his staff have been telling us.”
Pence’s former chief of staff, Marc Short, testified privately before the committee earlier this year.
Short told CBS News in his own interview on Saturday that he believed Pence’s testimony would set a “very risky precedent” for future incidents testing the separation of powers.
Kinzinger, seemingly unfazed, said the panel likely doesn’t need them “physically there” in relation to either Trump or Pence, citing the tranche of testimonies and evidence lawmakers have already gathered.
He also said Thursday’s upcoming hearing, which is set to be co-chaired by himself and Virginia Democrat Elaine Luria, will have “filled in the blanks” about what Trump did and who he spoke to in the 187 minutes between the rioters broke entered the US Capitol for the first time on January 6 and when the ex-president finally told them to go home.
“It will open people’s eyes,” said Kinzinger without going into detail.
“I’ll give you this preview, the President didn’t do much in that period but happily watched TV.”
He said Sunday that he and his colleagues are still debating and negotiating whether to hear from Donald Trump and Mike Pence
Thursday’s hearing will be the last in a series of eight, but Kinzinger suggested there could be “one or two more hearings” after the bipartisan committee released its full report on last year’s Capitol riots
Had he been in Trump’s place and observed the violence, Kinzinger said he would “go ballistic to try and save the Capitol.”
Trump “did the opposite,” he added.
“The President has done nothing and we will fill these gaps,” promised Kinzinger.
“And when the American people are watching this — particularly my Republicans — are you looking at this with an open mind, and is this the kind of strong leader that you think you truly deserve?”
Luria said in her own television interview Sunday that the committee would go through Trump’s inaction “minute by minute.”
She told CNN’s State of the Union that the legislature “has come back to the White House from the moment he left the stage in the Ellipse and has really been sitting in the White House dining room with his advisers constantly guiding him.” urge’, going through will act, act more.’
Without elaborating on Thursday’s witnesses, Luria promised Americans to “see people at the hearing that we haven’t heard of before.”
“There are other witnesses that we spoke to who have not appeared at our previous hearings who will add much value and information to the events at this critical time on January 6,” Luria said.