Rep. Kinzinger probes Trump’s aim to pressure Justice Department after 2020 election
WASHINGTON, DC (Heart of Illinois ABC) - U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R - 16th District) says he can “imagine no more dishonorable act” by a president than Donald Trump’s unsuccessful plot to stay in power after he lost the 2020 election.
Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and Thursday the lawmaker raised in Bloomington took the lead in presenting the committee’s case.
Kinzinger praised three Trump-era Justice Department lawyers, who testified at Thursday’s public hearing, for standing up to the former President’s effort to install an unqualified lawyer as attorney general to help him overturn the election results.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to these gentlemen you’ve heard from here today – real leaders who stood for Justice when it was in grave peril, who put their country first when the leader of the free world demanded otherwise. They threatened to resign rather than corrupt our democracy. Thanks largely to each of them, President Trump’s coup failed,” Kinzinger said in his closing statement.
Facts were irrelevant to Trump, according to Kinzinger.
“It was about protecting his very real power and very fragile ego, even if it required recklessly undermining our entire electoral system by wildly casting baseless doubt upon it,” said Kinzinger.
“In short, he was willing to sacrifice our republic to prolong his presidency. I can imagine no more dishonorable act by a president, Kinzinger said.
“The conspiracy theories were false. The allegations of a stolen election were a lie. The data left no room for doubt, nothing to question. And the Constitution left no room for President Trump to change the outcome of the election,” he added.
Kinzinger lives in Channahon, but grew up in Bloomington. He’s an Illinois State University graduate, and former member of the McLean County Board.
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