Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger was picked for participating in the select committee of the House of Representatives, which was formed to probe the violence of January 6 at the US Capitol. The choice was made by the speaker of House Nancy Pelosi, according to US media reports.
Pelosi said in a statement, “I am announcing the appointment of Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard, to serve on the Select Committee”, according to reports from CNN.
The 81-year-old Representative from California added that Kinzinger would bring patriotism to the committee and would help in finding facts for the democracy.
Pelosi had previously expressed that she wanted to include Kinzinger in the committee.
The Speaker of the House has roped in a total of two members of the Republican party. Earlier this week, Representative Liz Cheney was brought in.
In response to Cheney’s inclusion, Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew all of his five nominations for the committee after Pelosi vetoed two nominations. These included Representatives Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio.
According to reports from CNN, Kinzinger, a lawmaker from Illinois, reiterated his conservative values. He said, “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.”
Even though details about the committee’s proceedings, such as who is scheduled to speak, are still not out, it is clear that it will hold its first session next week.
According to reports from CNN, those involved in the committee wish to present audio-visual evidence in the committee to outline the violent events of the day.