Kinzinger: Republicans are ‘hypocrites’ for defending Trump for taking classified documents | Republicans

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

Kinzinger’s comments came days after the FBI released a redacted version of the affidavit the agency submitted to a federal judge justifying a search of Trump’s home. The document details how Trump kept classified material at Mar-a-Lago and that the government had worked to more than a year to recover these materials. A batch of documents returned earlier this year contained 184 documents marked as classified, including 25 marked as top secret.

“The hypocrisy of people in my party who spent years chanting ‘lock her up’, about Hillary Clinton because of certain emails being deleted or – in quotes – ‘wiping a server’, is now here. to defend a man who very clearly did not take the national security of the United States to heart,” Kinzinger, who is retiring from Congress after this term, said on Meet The Press on NBC. “And it will be [the US justice department] whether or not it rises to the level of an indictment.

“But it’s disgusting in my mind. And, like, no president should act that way, obviously.

It is not yet clear whether Trump will face criminal charges in the 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 secretary of State.

“Lock her up,” became a rallying cry at Trump’s campaign rallies. A US State Department investigation ultimately found there was “no compelling evidence of deliberate, systemic mishandling of classified information”.

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

“For the department to pursue a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, this tells me that the quantum and quality of evidence they were reciting – in a search warrant and an affidavit that an FBI agent gave sworn – were probably so pulverizing in its force as to eviscerate any idea that the search warrant and this investigation is politically motivated,” Laufman said.

Trump has asked a federal judge to appoint a so-called special master who would determine whether documents seized by the FBI from his Florida compound can be used in a criminal investigation against him. The judge late Saturday rendered An order indicating an openness to appointing a special master in the case, although that decision is not final and called for a hearing on Thursday afternoon to consider the matter further.

Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the United States House committee investigating the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6 that Trump supporters staged in a desperate attempt to prevent Congressional certification of Trump’s defeat by Joe Biden in of the 2020 presidential election.

The other Republican on the committee, the congresswoman from Wyoming Liz Cheneyrecently lost her re-election bid in a party primary to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman.

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