The House committee investigating the January 6 riots believes former Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani will testify before them, the Republican congressman said Sunday.
Adam Kinzinger, who along with Liz Cheney is one of two Republicans in the group, said they are confident the 77-year-old will cooperate despite Trump and some of his closest allies refusing to help.
Giuliani was subpoenaed last month, along with fellow lawyers Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, and former Trump White House aide Boris Epstein.
The commission asked them to hand over the documents by 1 February and testify on 8 February.
“We expect him to cooperate, because this is the law, this is a requirement, as if someone [is] subpoenaed,” Kinzinger told CBS’s Face the Nation, adding, “We fully expect to hear from Rudy in accordance with the law.”
Adam Kinzinger appeared on Face the Nation on Sunday and said he thought Rudy Giuliani would cooperate with the House Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riots.
Giuliani, 77, is reportedly in talks to collaborate with the committee.
Kinzinger said the date for his testimony could change, but he believed it would.
“No matter when we hear from Rudy or how long this interview goes on, we’re getting a lot of information and we’re looking forward to wrapping it up at some point when it’s right to show it to the American people, but not hurry, not rush it,” he said.
“We want everyone to have the full story.”
The New York Times reported Sunday that three sources confirmed that Giuliani discussed answering the committee’s questions.
Giuliani’s discussions with committee officials suggest he may be trying to avoid a potentially costly legal battle over the subpoena.
Giuliani claimed the election was rigged and Trump was the rightful winner in the lead-up to the January 6 uprising.
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The former New York mayor and former state attorney general has already faced a potentially damaging lawsuit filed in January 2021 by Dominion Voting Systems, which accuses him of defamation after he alleged without evidence that the company rigged the election to defeat Trump. .
The Committee has already interviewed over 475 witnesses and received over 60,000 pages of minutes.
Senior members of Trump’s inner circle, such as his chief of staff Mark Meadows and former strategist Steve Bannon, refused to cooperate, and both were charged with contempt of Congress.
Public hearings are expected to begin in the spring or summer.
“We want to get this information and present it to the American people, not only in a report that will be important, but also in people, in faces and in stories,” he said.
Jenna Ellis (on the podium) was also subpoenaed, as was Sydney Powell (in a leopard print cardigan).
Earlier this month, the GOP National Committee condemned Kinzinger and Cheney for their role on the committee.
The resolution punishing the couple declared the committee’s investigation “a persecution of Democrats of ordinary citizens participating in legitimate political discussions.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell disagreed with the resolution.
Kinzinger said McConnell’s announcement, as well as former Vice President Mike Pence’s rejection of Trump’s claim that he could have rejected the state’s electoral votes, were “important” but said all Republicans “should take a clear stand.”
“This is the point where every Republican — I don’t care if you run for city council, all the way to Congress, Senate, etc. — every Republican needs to be clear and convincing on the record: they think January 6th was legitimate political discourse? he said.
“Don’t let them avoid it. Don’t let them chuckle and don’t let them switch to some other topic they’d rather talk about. This is the answer that each of them must give, and then we can move on as soon as they are clear and fixed. But it is defining for our democracy. How do you feel? Was it legal?