Pelosi Appoints Kinzinger To Select Committee To Investigate January 6 Riot
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) will join the select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has officially confirmed Sunday that she has appointed Kinzinger to join the special committee. Kinzinger will be the second Republican panel after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) that Speaker Pelosi has tapped.
“Today, I am announcing the appointment of Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard, to serve on the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a Sunday statement. “He brings great patriotism to the committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy.”
Kinzinger is a moderate Republican and a critic of former President Donald Trump, who is among the ten House Republicans to vote for Trump’s second impeachment.
This week, the committee will launch a comprehensive investigation into the deadly Capitol riot.
“On January 6, insurrectionists attempted to overthrow the government during the worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812,” Pelosi said in a statement. “It is imperative that we get to the truth of that day and ensure that such an attack can never again happen. That is why we established the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, which is bipartisan.”
Kinzinger has also released a statement shortly after and pledged that he will “uphold and defend the Constitution” with a “non-partisan approach” to serve this committee.
“Let me be clear, I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution — and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer,” Kinzinger said in a statement. “This moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, non-partisan approach,” he added. “We are duty-bound to conduct a full investigation on the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 and to make sure it can never happen again.”
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 25, 2021