Rep. Adam Kinzinger says Jan. 6 committee will determine if Trump committed a crime

WASHINGTON – Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Sunday that the Jan. 6 committee will examine whether former President Donald Trump broke the law in his efforts to obstruct or impede Congress's certification of the 2020 presidential election. 

When asked if he believed Trump had committed a crime, Kinzinger said on CNN, "I don't want to go there yet."  

"That's obviously a pretty big thing to say," the Illinois lawmaker added.

But he said the Jan. 6 committee, which is investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the events leading up to it, would likely be able to determine that by the time its work is finished.

"By the time our report is out, (we will) have a pretty good idea" of whether Trump violated any laws, Kinzinger said to CNN's Jake Tapper. He said the Justice Department could then determine whether charges were appropriate.  

"Nobody, Jake, is above the law. Nobody. Not the (former) president. He's not a king," he said. 

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. He is one of two Republicans on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Kinzinger, one of two Republicans with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming serving on the nine-member committee, said the panel hasn't decided yet whether to subpoena Trump, but it could.

"If we need him, we'll do it," Kinzinger told ABC. "Nobody should be above the law, but we also recognize we can get the information without him at this point, and, obviously, when you subpoena the former president, that comes with a whole kind of, you know, circus environment."

Responsibility for Capitol riot

Kinzinger also said Republican colleagues in Congress might bear direct responsibility for the riot, as revealed in texts released during the previous week from lawmakers, reporters and administration officials to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

"It's possible," Kinzinger told ABC's “This Week with George Stephanopolous." "I'm not ready to kind of go to that point yet, because I want to let the facts dictate it. But I will tell you, yes, there are more texts out there that we haven't released, where it's folks not saying things like, 'Hey, Mark Meadows, why don't you make sure all the votes are counted and then whoever has the most wins?'"

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The committee is investigating what led to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, when 140 police officers were injured and a woman was shot to death by police outside the House chamber. The chamber is also investigating how Trump and the White House responded.

The committee has already recommended criminal contempt charges for defying subpoenas for Meadows, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark and political strategist Steve Bannon. Roger Stone, a longtime GOP operative, refused to answer questions Friday under his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. 

But more than 300 witnesses have cooperated. The committee plans weeks of hearings next year to review its findings.

"Because Jan. 6 was a really bad day, everything prior to that is the rot in the democracy or the rot in self-governance that we have to correct so we don't get another Jan. 6," Kinzinger told ABC. "So absolutely anybody – nobody, member of Congress, former president, nobody in America is above the law."