He added about McCarthy: “And he bears responsibility for that. I don’t think history books are going to be kind to him.“
Kinzinger is one of two Republicans serving on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol. He was responding to McConnell‘s statement last week about that panel: “We’re all going to be watching it. It was a horrendous event, and I think that what they’re seeking to find out is something the public needs to know.“
“He obviously holds his cards very close,” Kinzinger said of McConnell. “I think that was a very powerful statement and I appreciate it.”
McConnell has come under attack in recent months from Trump for the way he has interacted with the Biden administration and other Democrats on the Hill. “Mitch McConnell’s a disaster,” Trump said Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”
Kinzinger told host Jonathan Karl it was possible that some of his current colleagues in Congress could be subpoenaed as part of that investigation — and didn’t rule out the same for Trump.
“Because Jan. 6 was a really bad day,“ he said,“everything prior to that is the rot in the democracy or the rot in self-governance that we have to correct so we don’t get another Jan. 6. So absolutely anybody — nobody, member of Congress, former president, nobody in America is above the law.“