Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday for allegedly inciting the attack on the Capitol last week.
During an interview on “PBS NewsHour,” Kinzinger said that the decision to impeach President Trump wasn’t a particularly difficult decision given that “the evidence was not something we had to go discover. It was brought right to us on the 6th.”
Watch the video below.
Rep. Kinzinger Claims ‘It Was Hard To Go Through With It’
Kinzinger said, “Truthfully, it was not a hard decision. I mean, it was hard to go through with it.”
“Because, bottom line is, you’re impeaching a president a second time,” Kinzinger said. “It’s never something that should be easily done.”
But the evidence was no problem for Kinzinger.
“But I think the evidence was not something we had to go discover,” the Republican said. “It was brought right to us on the 6th.”
The 10 Republicans who have voted to impeach Trump in the House, per pool:
Liz Cheney, WY
Jamie Herrera-Beutler, WA
John Katko, NY
Adam Kinzinger, Ill.
Peter Meijer, MI
Dan Newhouse, WA
Tom Rice, SC
Fred Upton, MI
David Valadao, CA
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 13, 2021
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Kinzinger also claimed he had predicted the violence.
“Of course, I had predicted violence for weeks leading up to the 6th, but the 6th was the culmination, hopefully the culmination, of that violence coming to here,” Kinzinger said, referring to Washington, DC.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 12, 2021
Kinzinger: ‘If That Is Not Impeachable, I Don’t Know What Is’
The GOP congressman then cited the Constitution as justification for his vote.
“And, look, when you have the president of the United States, the Article 2 part of the Constitution, incite and send and ignite a mob to attack the Article 1 branch, that is nothing short of an insurrection,” he said.
The Congressman didn’t provide any evidence of how President Trump incited the mob.
Kinzinger added, “I think most people can look at that and know that the president has both built the foundation and executed the command to do it.”
“And if that is not impeachable, I don’t know what is,” Rep. Kinzinger added.
Remember David, Kinzinger, along with John McCain, received a copy of the Steele dossier and handed it to the FBI. Kinzinger has always been against Trump.
— StephPaige40 (@sberghuis43) January 7, 2021
Kinzinger Is A Longtime Trump Critic
Kinzinger has long been a Trump critic. He was also one of the early recipients of the Steele Dossier, the now-discredited document that supposedly showed President colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
Kinzinger and the chief of staff to House Speaker Paul Ryan both received the Steele dossier, according to a court memo.
The Political Insider reported in December 2018, “The judge handling the case filed a document that stated that Christopher Steele, the dossier author, provided at least one memo from the dossier to Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Jonathan Burks, a longtime Ryan aide.”
“Steele gave Report 166 to Kramer, an unnamed senior British security official, Ms. Wallender [sic] at the NSC, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Chief of Staff, John Burks,’ wrote Judge Ursula Ungaro, who ruled in favor of BuzzFeed in a defamation lawsuit filed by a Russian businessmen identified in Report 166, which Steele produced on Dec. 13, 2016.”
Kinzinger also considered running as an independent against Trump in 2016, when it became clear Trump would be the Republican nominee for President.
Watch Kinzinger’s interview below:
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