Kinzinger: Trump's resignation would be 'best thing for the country to heal'

Republican Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Kinzinger backs Cheney on criticism of Republican Party Unsuccessful anti-Trump Republican candidate: GOP 'not living up to this moment' MORE (Ill.) on Sunday said that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE's removal from office would be "the best thing for the country to heal."

Kinzinger, who last week became the first GOP lawmaker to publicly call for Trump’s removal after the siege of the U.S. Capitol, said on ABC's "This Week" that he would “vote the right way” if an impeachment article came forward in Congress, but stated it was “probably not the smartest move.” 

“I think it would be the right move, if we had more than basically 10 days left of the administration,” Kinzinger told host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosHarris: I don't think America is a racist country, but we need to speak truth about history Biden meets with TV anchors ahead of joint address CDC director 'cautiously optimistic' about coronavirus situation in US MORE.  “I think there's a lot of ideas with censure, with preventing him from being able to run again. You know the reality is we just don't have a lot of time in this administration left, which right now is a good thing.”

Echoing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezCivilian Climate Corps can help stem rural-urban divide Biden barely gets a passing grade when it comes to foreign policy They like him, they really like him: Biden and the youth vote MORE (N.Y.), who appeared on the program before him, Kinzinger added, “I think we were very close to actually having members of Congress killed.”

Kinzinger last Thursday posted a video message on Twitter that called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove Trump from the Oval Office after the president's supporters stormed the Capitol during proceedings to certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRepublican seeks to use Obama energy policies to criticize Biden  WSJ editorial board: 'Purging Liz Cheney for honesty would diminish' GOP DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE's win, leaving five people dead.

Fellow Republican lawmakers Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message Moderate Republicans leery of Biden's renewed call for unity MORE (Alaska) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.) have joined in the calls to have Trump removed from office.

Stephanopoulos asked Kinzinger on Sunday why so few of his Republican colleagues have come forward to call for Trump's impeachment, instead asking Trump to resign.

"I think a lot of it is fear. You know there's fear that infects so many sides of the debate right now," responded Kinzinger. 

"But if you're going to be fearful — just my humble opinion — if you're going to be fearful in this job, it may not be the right job for you at this moment in time."

"I think the best thing for the country to heal would be for him to resign. The next best thing is the 25th Amendment. That's why I call on Vice President Pence to do it," added Kinzinger. "This is the thing that just gets us out in the debate in Congress, it doesn't victimize Donald Trump and makes him look as bad as he has been here and its leadership."