Kinzinger, a vocal Republican critic of Trump who voted for his second impeachment as one of ten Republicans in the House of Representatives, would be the only Republican to join the new Special Committee of Wyoming MP Liz Cheney.
The Illinois Republican has been telling people for the past few days that he would accept the appointment if offered, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The presumed appointment comes days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his five GOP members from the panel after Pelosi made two of McCarthy’s five decisions – Reps Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio – about their roles on the Urge to overthrow the presidential election had rejected election results. The other three McCarthy picked were Rodney Davis from Illinois, Kelly Armstrong from North Dakota, and freshman Troy Nehls from Texas.
Kinzinger’s possible inclusion on the committee could add legitimacy to one of the most momentous investigations in Congress and make it difficult for Republicans to argue that it is a partisan endeavor.
“I believe that in order to maintain the confidence of the American people, the work of this committee must be impartial and patriotic, and I am very proud of the members of the committee and I am very sure that they will achieve that goal. We must again ignore the antics of those who do not want to find the truth, “Pelosi said, referring to Banks and Jordan.
If Kinzinger joins the committee, the Illinois Republican is sure to suffer a setback from his own party – something Cheney has in spades.
When asked when she would like to make the appointment official, Pelosi replied “maybe after talking to Adam Kinzinger”.
She added, “You could say I would go in that direction. He and other Republicans have expressed an interest in serving on the select committee, and I wanted to point out three or three of the members that Leader McCarthy proposed, but he withdrew their names, the two I wouldn’t appoint, folks, that would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation. There is no way I would tolerate their antics while we search for the truth. “
The special committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing next week, which will examine testimony from police officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6. The logistical details of the hearing are still coming together, but investigators want to play video of the fatal attack and the body -beared camera footage of some police officers, according to a source familiar with planning, to provide a vivid, first-hand account of the attack that day draw.
This story has been updated.
CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.