Kinzinger: Republicans ‘hypocritical’ for defending Trump over taking classified material | Republicans


Congressman Adam Kinzinger, the Illinois Republican who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Donald Trump, called on his party to criticize Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while continuing to defend the former president’s decision. to bring sensitive government information to his home at Mar-à-Lago.

Kinzinger’s comments came days after the FBI released an edited version of the affidavit the agency presented to a federal judge to justify a search of Trump’s home. The document details how Trump kept classified material at Mar-a-Lago and that the government had been trying to get that material back for more than a year. A batch of documents returned earlier this year contained 184 documents marked classified, including 25 marked top secret.

“The hypocrisy of the people in my party who for years shouted ‘Lock her up’ about Hillary Clinton for some deleted emails or – quote/not quoted – ‘wipe a server’ now defends a man who very clearly did take the national security of the United States,” Kinzinger, who will retire from Congress after this term, told NBC’s Meet The Press. [the US justice department] or that it reaches the level of indictment.

“But this is disgusting in my mind. And of course no president should act this way.”

It is not yet clear whether Trump will face criminal charges in this case. But during the 2016 presidential campaign that propelled him to the Oval Office, Trump and his Republican allies said his Democratic rival Clinton should be punished for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

“Lock her up” became a rallying cry at Trump rallies on the campaign trail. A US State Department investigation eventually found that there was “no convincing evidence of systematic, deliberate mishandling of classified information”.

The former Justice Department official who oversaw the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified materials, David Laufman, told Politico earlier this month that that case and Trump’s were different.

“That the department is pursuing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago tells me that the amount and quality of evidence they cited — in a search warrant and affidavit sworn by an FBI agent — was probably as pulverizing in its power as to disprove any idea that the search warrant and this investigation are politically motivated,” Laufman said.

Trump has asked a federal judge to appoint a so-called special master who would determine whether materials seized by the FBI from his Florida resort could be used in any criminal investigation against him. The judge issued an injunction late Saturday indicating he is open to appointing a special captain in the case, though that ruling is not final and requested a hearing on Thursday afternoon to investigate the matter further.

Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the U.S. House committee investigating the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol that Trump supporters carried out in a desperate attempt to prevent Congress from overturning Trump’s defeat to Joe Biden. confirmed the 2020 presidential election.

The other Republican on the committee, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, recently lost her bid for reelection in a party primary to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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