Adam Kinzinger Says if GOP Pushes 'Conspiracy,' It Should Not Hold Congressional Majority

Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican and a member of the House's select committee investigating the Capitol riot, said Sunday that if the GOP pushes "lies" and "division," it shouldn't hold the majority in Congress.

On CNN's State of the Union, host Dana Bash asked Kinzinger if he believes "voters should trust House Republican leaders with the majority in the next election."

"I'm a Republican, I would like to see actual Republican values in the majority," Kinzinger said.

"All I can say right now is my party has to embrace truth. We have to have a full reckoning of what happened on January 6, and we have to turn away from conspiracy," he added.

"I think if we're going to be in charge and pushing conspiracy and pushing division and pushing lies, then the Republican Party should not have the majority. But if we're going to be the party that actually tells truth and fights for real conservative values and doesn't masquerade conservatism as some anger future, then certainly we should have the majority."

Democrats currently hold majorities in both the U.S House and Senate, and Republicans are looking to win back the congressional chambers in the 2022 mid-term elections.

Kinzinger Says GOP Should Reject 'Conspiracy'
U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said Sunday that if the GOP pushes "lies" and "division," it shouldn't hold the congressional majority. Above, Kinzinger speaks during the opening hearing of the U.S. House (Select) Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC Pool

Kinzinger's comments come after the conservative House Freedom Caucus urged GOP leaders to remove him and Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming from the Republican caucus this week.

The chair of the House Freedom Caucus, Representative Andy Biggs, a pro-Donald-Trump Republican, called Kinzinger and Cheney "spies for the Democrats" because of their involvement January 6 committee.

"This proposal is not because of a policy or political difference, but because some members have chosen to work with the Democrats to investigate and potentially remove Republican Members from the House," Biggs wrote, CNN reported.

On Sunday, Kinzinger said that if Biggs "has his way, we will be the party where truth-tellers and people that want to stand up for the Constitution, like Liz Cheney and myself, get kicked out of the party because there's no room for truth."

Kinzinger was one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting a mob of his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

On Saturday, Kinzinger criticized Republican efforts to investigate election results in 2020, and said members of his party are "too scared to tell the truth to the base that Trump lost."

Let me take a shot at it… “it’s not about overturning the election, it’s about being too scared to tell the truth to the base that Trump lost and is the first incumbent president to lose reelection in 30 years.”

— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) September 4, 2021

Newsweek has reached out to Kinzinger's office for further comment.