As was anticipated, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) was picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the second Republican behind Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to sit on the much-touted House Select Committee to investigate the Capitol riots.
Predictably, Democrats and the mainstream media cheered the move as supposed further evidence that Pelosi was going out of her way to make the committee “bipartisan” despite the fact that she refused to seat two of the five House Republicans that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wanted on the committee, which prompted him to pull his other three choices as well in protest.
In response to the announcement from Pelosi, Kinzinger issued a statement that was nauseatingly self-serving and yet quite revealing at the same time:
“For months, we have searched for answers and what process we should use to get them. For months, lies and conspiracy theories have been spread, threatening our self-governance. For months, I have said that the American people deserve transparency and truth on how and why thousands showed up to attack our democracy, and ultimately, what led to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021.
“Self-governance requires accountability and responsibility. My faith requires the same of me, truth is necessary for order, and that’s what I will do. Let me be clear, 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.
“This moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, non-partisan approach. We are duty-bound to conduct a full investigation on the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 and to make sure it can never happen again.
“Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th and I humbly accepted. I will work diligently to ensure we get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack fully accountable.”
The contradictions here cannot be overstated. He says “I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values,” yet in the next sentence says “This moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, non-partisan approach.”
Any Republican worth his or her salt knows this committee is not going to be any more “serious,” “clear-eyed” and “non-partisan” than the numerous sham Congressional probes that were launched over the years against former President Trump as grounds for impeachment. The whole point behind the committee is to keep the Capitol riots issue alive going into the 2022 midterms, and they will use every means at their disposal to cherry-pick “evidence” to make it appear as though Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate were indirectly responsible with their rhetoric in “inciting” the Trump rally attendees into storming the Capitol on January 6th.
This is not about getting to the truth. It’s a run-up-to-the-midterms partisan exercise designed to give off the appearance of being bipartisan and fair despite the fact that the two Republicans who have been named to the committee have either accused House Republican leadership of trying to cover-up what happened or, in Kinzinger’s case, alleged some Republicans had advance knowledge of the attack, a dangerous claim unsupported by any reports or information released to date.
What Kinzinger revealed with his statement is that he’s on board with being a willing dupe for Democrats in this sham investigation as long as he gets to bask in the spotlight and pretend to be the selfless Republican willing to risk his political career to get to “the truth.”