United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has appointed Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to the Jan. 6 Select Committee charged on investigating the Capitol riot.
Kinzinger “brings great patriotism to the Committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy,” Pelosi said in a statement on July 25.
Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, said he “humbly accepted” the appointment.
“I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution — and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer,” Kinzinger said in a statement.
Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the committee, told MSNBC News that Kinzinger was a welcome addition to the committee because he has shown “that he can express his opinion despite what some of his Republican colleagues might want him not to express.”
“An independent voice to the select committee is always welcome,” Thompson said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Kinzinger’s addition as a “self-appointment” and claimed that the committee “will not yield a serious investigation.”
“The Speaker has structured this select committee to satisfy her political objectives,” McCarthy said in a statement.
Kinzinger is the second Republican whom Pelosi appointed to the committee — the first being Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was ousted as House Republican Conference chairperson for openly criticizing Trump over his false claims of fraud in the 2020 elections.
Kinzinger will join the committee’s first hearing on July 27.
Kinzinger’s appointment comes after McCarthy pulled out all five of his Republican picks for the committee, following Pelosi’s rejection of two of his picks — Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, who are prominent allies of Trump.
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