Kinzinger says Trump is 'not off limits' in January 6 probe, and he's 'certainly willing' to subpoena the former president

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Kinzinger says Trump is 'not off limits' in January 6 probe, and he's 'certainly willing' to subpoena the former president
Rep. Adam Kinzinger answers a question from the media next to Rep. Bennie Thompson with Rep. Pete Aguilar after the first hearing of the House Select committee to investigate the January 6 riot. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
  • GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger told MSNBC Trump is "not off limits" in the House's January 6 probe.
  • Kinzinger said he doesn't know if Trump will be subpoenaed, but didn't eliminate the possibility.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois during an MSNBC interview on Wednesday said he didn't know if the House select committee investigating January 6 will subpoena former President Donald Trump, but underscored that Trump is "not off limits."

"I think that we can get to all the information we need without him, but I think we're certainly willing to do it," Kinzinger, who sits on the committee, told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle.

"That's something I want to make clear, is, he's not off limits," Kinzinger added. "But I also think if we can get that information prior to him and obviously you recognize the second he's subpoenaed it creates a whole circus, but we will do what we need to do."

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Trump has urged his allies not to cooperate with the probe. Steve Bannon, a former advisor to Trump, defied a subpoena for testimony and documents issued by the committee. Subsequently, the committee on Tuesday unanimously voted to recommend charging Bannon with criminal contempt of Congress. A full House vote on the matter is set to occur on Thursday.

Though Trump provoked the fatal January 6 insurrection via his lies about the 2020 election, a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 56% of Republicans believe the former president does not bear any responsibility for the Capitol riot. Kinzinger, who has broken from the rest of the GOP by taking a stand against Trump, told Ruhle that the poll was "difficult" to look at.

"We are so tribalistic in this country that I think people don't want to know facts, because it's whatever narrative puts them in the tribe," Kinzinger added. "We have to have unity when it comes to defending democracy, or we will find ourselves in a bad place."

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The Illinois lawmaker is one of just two Republicans on the House committee investigating January 6. He was also among just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol attack. Kinzinger has excoriated Trump for downplaying the insurrection, once decrying the former president as an "utter failure."

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