January 6

GOP Rep Adam Kinzinger: Members of Congress knew Capitol riot would take place — and they supported it

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Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over his alleged role in sparking the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Now he says he suspects certain members of Congress had inside information as what was going to happen that day, and even supported it.

While speaking to New York Times Magazine last week, Kinzinger was asked if he suspected that some members of Congress were aware of the impending riot and supported it.

“I won’t name names, but yes, I do have that suspicion,” he said. “I will say, if you just looked at Twitter — the whole reason I brought my gun and kept my staff home and told my wife to stay in the apartment was looking at Twitter. I saw the threats.”

He then referenced a Jan. 6 tweet posted by Lauren Boebert (R-CO) where she wrote, “Today is 1776,” as potential proof that she knew the riot would take place.

“I don’t know what that meant other than this is the time for revolution. Maybe it was a dumb tweet that she didn’t mean. Fine. I’ll give her that credit for now,” Kinzinger said. “But if you have members of Congress who were involved in nurturing an insurrection, heck yeah, we need to know.”

He then turned to Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, saying that she engages in “performative politics.”

“…I give her credit for probably achieving what she intended to achieve, which is: I don’t care about the damage I’m doing; I want to be famous and raise money. Congratulations. That’s not a serious legislator. She’s not on committees. She’s a freshman,” Kinzinger said.

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