On Friday Biden stated of those that tried to defy subpoenas that he hoped the choose committee “goes after them and holds them accountable criminally.” When requested if the Justice Department ought to assist in that effort, Biden responded: “I do, yes.”
The administration quickly sought to clarify Biden’s comments and reassert the independence of DOJ’s decision-making, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki additionally tweeting, partially, that Biden “supports the work of the committee and the independent role of the Department of Justice to make any decisions about prosecutions.”
“The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop,” DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley stated in an announcement Friday.
But Kinzinger, a strident critic of Trump’s, stated he didn’t assume Biden crossed a line together with his comments.
“The president has every right to signal,” he stated on CNN. “I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. God knows, the prior administration every two hours was trying to signal to the Justice Department.”
Kinzinger, considered one of two Republicans on the committee, didn’t rule out finally issuing a subpoena to Trump himself as a part of its investigation. However he famous the dangers of doing so, significantly given the sophisticated constitutional and authorized dynamics at play.
“If we subpoena, all of a sudden, the former president, we know that’s going to become kind of a circus,” he stated. “That’s not necessarily something we want to do up front.”
Kinzinger, alongside fellow choose committee member Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), is among the most vocal anti-Trump members of the GOP remaining in Congress. However his political future is murky, each partially due to his hostility to the previous president and Illinois Democrats’ control of the redistricting process within the state he represents.