Adam Kinzinger: A G.O.P. critic of Trump and his role on Jan. 6.

by 24USATVJune 23, 2022, 11:01 p.m. 16

As lawmakers scrambled to evacuate the House chamber while a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, was blunt about what was unfolding.

Unlike a vast majority of his Republican colleagues, Mr. Kinzinger has remained steadfast in condemning what happened that day and the role of President Donald J. Trump in stoking it. Some of those colleagues initially faulted Mr. Trump but later walked back their criticism and downplayed the severity of the attack. He has maintained his position despite reprehension from his colleagues, his political party and even members of his family.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Mr. Kinzinger to the committee after rejecting two lawmakers chosen by Republican leaders who had defended Mr. Trump after the riot. He joined Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who has also been outspoken in condemning Mr. Trump and the riot, as the only Republicans on the panel.


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