Adam Kinzinger Says Pence Can’t Have It Both Ways
(TheRedWire.com) – On Sunday, November 20, former Vice President Mike Pence visited several Sunday morning news shows to tout his upcoming memoir. During an interview with CBS News host Margaret Brennan, he said he’d closed the door to testifying before the January 6 House Select Committee, citing separation of powers. Soon after, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of two anti-Trump Republicans who serve on the partisan panel, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Pence couldn’t have it both ways.
Kinzinger stated the former vice president was attempting to please those who support former President Donald Trump and his opponents. He called Pence’s decision “really disappointing.” The outgoing member of Congress said he learned over the last five years he couldn’t please both groups and had to pick a side by committing to what he perceived to be the truth.
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The retiring member of the House added he respects the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches. Yet, when January 6, 2021, riot on Capitol Hill occurred, he said Trump violated the Constitutional ideal. Kinzinger stated that Congress has an oversight responsibility as a co-equal branch of government.
The investigative panel is finishing up its work after Republicans flipped the House in the midterm elections. Ahead of the early January transfer of power in the lower chamber, pundits expect the committee to release a final report and recommend legislation to de-incentivize future violence against Congress.
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