He defied his party and voted to impeach President Donald Trump. Washington Post Live will hear from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and get his thoughts on what he wants to see from the trial, Trump’s legacy and the future of the GOP. We’ll also hear about the political backlash he’s facing at home since he joined nine other Republicans to vote to impeachment, including a censure resolution by LaSalle County Republicans.

Highlights

When asked if someone like former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows should testify on how former president Donald Trump handled the events of Jan. 6 as they unfolded, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said he thinks that would be "valuable insight." “If they could come and honestly say, ‘Look, President Trump was concerned. He did everything he could to defend the Capitol.’ That’s one thing. I don’t think that’s the case because they would be saying that.” (Washington Post Live)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger has been critical of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but he says he doesn’t think McCarthy should be removed from leadership. “I have sympathy for where Kevin’s at, in that, he’s trying to unify a party that I don’t think can be unified right now. The visions have gone too far apart.” When asked if he thinks McCarthy can be an effective leader, Kinzinger said McCarthy is for those who want the Republican Party to be Trump’s party. “I’ll respect him, I’ll listen to him, but I’m also understanding that my vision is going to compete with him at this point.” (Washington Post Live)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger says he thinks the Senate should hear firsthand accounts from the officers who responded to the assault on the Capitol, explaining how one officer recounted seeing “Thin Blue Line” and “Blue Lives Matter” flags and while getting “beaten with inches of his life.” “That is a position nobody should be in, but especially for a police officer. And that’s the party that supposedly pro-law enforcement. I think we are pro-law enforcement, but that’s something we have to reconcile.” (Washington Post Live)
When asked if he thinks former president Donald Trump should face criminal charges, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said, “If there is a prosecutable crime that a president did, nobody should be above the law, no one should be treated differently.” (Washington Post Live)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Adam D. Kinzinger is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives and proudly represents Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District, which stretches across 14 counties in Northern Illinois.

Congressman Kinzinger serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment in the 116th Congress

His top priorities include strengthening U.S. energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources as well as bolstering the strength of our national security – both at home and abroad.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kinzinger continues to serve his country as a pilot in the Air National Guard, with the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and balances this service with his duties in Congress.

During his time in Congress, Kinzinger has worked tirelessly for IL-16, and for the security of our nation. From getting veterans back to work, to combatting the opioid epidemic, Congressman Kinzinger continues to fight for his constituents and stand up for America.