Kinzinger Suggests Trump Guilty of Incendiary Conspiracy As Polls Show Most Americans Have Back Charges

Kinzinger Suggests Trump Guilty of Incendiary Conspiracy As Polls Show Most Americans Have Back Charges

Kinzinger Suggests Trump Guilty of Incendiary Conspiracy As Polls Show Most Americans Have Back Charges

A key Republican member of the Jan. 6 committee is bringing out the message that panel lawmakers are pushing as they go through public hearings: Donald Trump must face criminal charges for his role in the attack on Congress.

Representative Adam Kinzinger claimed there was enough evidence to charge the former president with the highest charges pursued by the Justice Department so far regarding the January 6 attack, that of criminal seditious conspiracy, during an interview Sunday on ABC’s This week.

“I definitely think the president is guilty of knowing what he was doing – seditious conspiracy, being involved in these kinds of different segments of pressuring DOJ, vice president [Pence]et cetera,” said Mr. Kinzinger.’

“I think what we’re presenting to the American people is definitely rising to the level of criminal involvement of the former president,” he added.

He did note, as others have noted, including Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic panel chair, that the role of the selected House committee is not to formally indict the ex-president or individuals; that role will be filled by the Department of Justice, which will review the commission’s case, as well as its own investigation into the attack, as the agency determines whether key individuals within the Trump administration or campaign will be held responsible for the deadly attack on Congress that resulted in the deaths of several members of the Capitol Police and the injuries of more than 100 other law enforcement officers.

More than a year after the attack, no members of the White House or Donald Trump campaign teams have been charged with inciting an attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power from the 45th president to Joe Biden, who now holds the office. .

The Jan. 6 commission has so far held three public hearings that outline how Donald Trump was following a path of conspiracy and baseless rumors of electoral fraud against the advice of his own advisers and top experts, including Attorney General Bill Barr, and tried to gain confidence. and false claims of electoral fraud for months after the 2020 election. And on Thursday, the panel outlined how Mr. Trump’s legal team pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to interfere with the certification of the election, even though they privately expressed doubts about the legality of their actions.

With the panel ready to outline more revelations about Donald Trump’s actions during the attack itself in its three remaining hearings to be held in the coming weeks, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now believes that Mr Trump bears much of the responsibility for the attack and faces criminal charges as a result. That number has increased by just four percentage points since January 2021, but could rise further as the commission’s public hearings continue.

A similar number, 60 percent, said they believed the House committee selected was conducting a fair investigation.

The disagreement over Mr. Trump’s role and responsibility comes mainly from Republicans, as six in 10 independent voters said in the poll that Mr. Trump should face criminal charges. About one in five Republicans said Trump was largely responsible for the attack.

However, the poll also found that 51 percent of voters said the hearings would not affect their voting plans for the upcoming midterm elections.

The ABC/Ipsos poll surveyed 545 adults who lived in the US between Friday and Saturday. The margin of error in the study was 4.5 percentage points.

The Justice Department has reprimanded its plans regarding its own investigation of January 6 in the future; most recently, in January, Attorney General Merrick Garland promised to follow the investigation wherever the facts lead, but so far there is little public evidence other than pointing to the possibility of criminal charges against members of the former government. Hundreds of participants in the riots themselves have been charged by the agency since January 2021, with more still being charged as identified by investigators.

“The actions we have taken so far will not be the last. The Justice Department remains committed to holding all perpetrators of January 6 – at any level – legally liable, whether they were present that day or otherwise criminally responsible for the attack. on our democracy,” Garland vowed earlier this year. “We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”