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

Republican Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (Ill.) on Sunday said that President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds 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 StephanopoulosOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Biden spokesperson: Inauguration at Capitol will demonstrate 'resilience of American democracy' Newly sworn-in GOP lawmaker says he may have ended career by voting to impeach Trump 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-CortezBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation Facebook has no current plan to end the Trump suspension 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 BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' MORE's win, leaving five people dead.

Fellow Republican lawmakers Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism GOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech Biden urges Americans to join together in appeal for unity MORE (Alaska) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel 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."