Kinzinger says he suspects some lawmakers knew what was going to happen on Jan. 6

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous Kinzinger on possible governor bid: 'I'm the only candidate that can win' against Pritzker McBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines MORE (R-Ill.), who voted to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, said he suspects that certain members of Congress knew what would happen that day and supported the attack. 

In an interview with The New York Times Magazine and its talk columnist David Marchese, Kinzinger was asked if he suspected that some members of Congress were aware of what would happen and supported it.

"I won’t name names, but yes, I do have that suspicion," the Illinois congressman said. "I will say, if you just looked at Twitter — the whole reason I brought my gun and kept my staff home and told my wife to stay in the apartment was looking at Twitter. I saw the threats."


Kinzinger mentioned freshman Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertGOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Boebert apologizes to Muslims as Democrats call for 'real action to confront racism' MORE (R-Colo.) and the tweet she made on Jan. 6 in which she wrote, "Today is 1776," as a possible indication that she may have been aware.

"I don’t know what that meant other than this is the time for revolution. Maybe it was a dumb tweet that she didn’t mean. Fine. I’ll give her that credit for now," Kinzinger said. "But if you have members of Congress who were involved in nurturing an insurrection, heck yeah, we need to know."

Marchese asked if Kinzinger ever spoke about policy with lawmakers such as Boebert or Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) and Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzVigilantes are not patriots Greene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse MORE (R-Fla.), whom he characterized as engaging in "performative politics."

"No, not those. Marjorie Taylor Greene, I give her credit for probably achieving what she intended to achieve, which is: I don’t care about the damage I’m doing; I want to be famous and raise money. Congratulations. That’s not a serious legislator. She’s not on committees. She’s a freshman," Kinzinger replied.