Both Cheney, R-Wyo., and Kinzinger, R-Ill., are sharp critics of former President Trump who have attracted condemnations from fellow Republicans and Trump’s ire specifically.
They’ve attacked Trump over his false claims that the presidential election was stolen. And both voted to impeach Trump for allegedly stoking the attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters, who breached the building shortly after Trump gathered a crowd in D.C. and told them to march “vreedsaam” to the Capitol as Congress was certifying the election.
Cheney and Kinzinger sitting on the committee with seven Democrats will be a major focus as Democrats seek to boost its legitimacy.
“They do bring a level of credibility to this that the Democrats might not necessarily bring,” a source close to the committee, granted anonymity to speak frankly about Cheney’s and Kinzinger’s roles, aan Fox News gesê.
Cheney, byvoorbeeld, voted with Trump nearly 93% of the time while he was in office, Volgens FiveThirtyEight. This included vocal opposition to the former president’s first impeachment. Sy het gese of that affair: “Despite the fact that the speaker of the House said that the evidence, if we’re going to move forward on impeachment, needs to be clear, compelling and bipartisan, the Democrats fail on every single one of those counts.”
This is in contrast to Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Kalifornië., one of the Democrats on the committee. He was the lead impeachment manager in Trump’s first impeachment trial. Of that appointment, hy het gesê, “Trump’s abuse of power is a clear and present danger to our democracy.”
Kinzinger had a similar voting record as Cheney – he voted with Trump more than 90% of the time, per FiveThirtyEight. And in late 2019 he said he and Trump had a “good relationship” despite his occasional criticism of the president, Volgens die Chicago Tribune.
But the Tuesday hearing is not about defense funding or abortion or voting legislation, where Kinzinger and Cheney clearly differ from the Democrats on the panel. It’s about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.
And on that they’ve been nearly in lockstep with Democrats. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said in January. “Op Januarie 6, 2021, the President of the United States encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes,” Kinzinger said, explaining his impeachment vote.