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Luria, Kizinger put careers on line in Jan 6 probe

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Reps. Ellen Luria and Adam Kinzinger, who will lead the inquiry at the committee’s closing summer hearing on Thursday night, January 6, are from different sides, but agree emphatically on one thing: an investigation into the deadly rebellion of the US Capitol over his political career. worth sacrificing.

Luria, a Democrat first elected in 2018, is facing a tough reelection in the Virginia swing district that was redrawn to be more Republican. Kinzinger, a Republican who is an untouchable to some in his party because of his condemnation of former President Donald Trump, decided not to seek another term in his Illinois district.

Both are also military veterans and have sworn their service as their cause to suppress the investigation. Luria is a Naval Academy graduate who served for 20 years, including as a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer who commanded 400 crew in the Persian Gulf. Kinzinger carried out combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq and remained a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard.

“You are going to see the fulfillment of the meaning of the sacred oath that we all have served in government, to preserve and protect the Constitution and the United States of America,” said Norm Eisen, who served as special counsel. . The House Judiciary Committee from 2019 to 2020 during Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“But this is one — especially those like the two of those who serve in the military, and put their lives on the line — to take to heart,” Eisen said.

The most prominent and troubled committee member is Representative Liz Cheney, R-Vy., vice president, who has been relentless in her criticism of Trump. He was ousted by his own party as the No. 3 House Republican and now faces a potentially uphill primary battle for re-election in his dark red home state.

Cheney’s immediate political fate, as well as those of Kizinger and Luria, may provide the most direct answers to the big questions as to whether the January 6, 2021 hearing of the mob attack will end Trump’s continued grip on the national Republican Party. , They may also provide clues about whether an attempt to fully publicize the former president’s responsibility for helping fuel a mob attack could be a boon to front-line Democrats during November’s midterm elections. Which might otherwise be cruel to his party.

“Mr. Kinzinger and I, who are both veterans who lead this committee, I think, as veterans of the military, understand what action in a time of crisis looks like,” Luria told CNN last weekend. She added to Trump’s actions: “I see it as a dereliction of duty. He didn’t act. He had a duty to do the job. ,

The hearing on Thursday will focus on Trump’s actions as rioters occupied the Capitol. Witnesses will describe what happened during the 187 minutes when the then president, addressing supporters gathered in Washington, said, “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you have no country anymore.” Will,” and he released a video in which he asked the rioters to disperse, praising them as “very special”.

Luria has repeatedly said that the work of the Committee to Defend American Democracy is more important than his chances of being re-elected in a district that contains the world’s largest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk. During an interview last summer, shortly after being appointed to the committee, Luria also argued that his service on it cemented his credibility as a pragmatic liberal in a centrist district.

“I think it’s incredibly important for the American people to understand what happened, why it happened and what we can do to prevent something like this from happening in the future,” Luria said then. While campaigning around his district, he referred to the rebellion as a dry run, adding that such an attack could happen again unless the root causes of the earlier were fully uncovered. — and voters have expressed gratitude about that effort.

Republican Virginia State Sen. Jane Keegans, who is trying to oust Luria in November, said the election would not be decided by a January 6 committee.

“I’ve never had a single voter, or person (whose) knock on the door, or visit the Citizens League, or an event I’ve attended, I’ve never had a single person come up to me and say that this is the main issue on which But they are focused,” Keegans said. “On a daily basis, I repeatedly hear about gas prices and grocery prices and grocery shortages and everything from their home repair projects to their kids’ school supplies to going out to eat at a restaurant. How much are they going to spend?”

Kinzinger has represented his Illinois district since 2013. He voted to impeach Trump and announced last fall that he was not seeking another term in Congress after the new congressional map was approved by the Democrat-controlled Illinois Legislature, which saw Kinzinger and another Republican. The incumbent would have been forced. In the primary matchup, Trump, Rep. Defends Darin LaHood more convincingly.

Still, Kizinger hasn’t ruled out looking for an alternative office in the future.

“When you fight for your nation and you fight for the people, it gives you the confidence to do something big,” Kizinger said in an interview last summer.

Eisen, a former Obama administration ambassador to the Czech Republic and senior governance studies fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the political stakes are real for Luria and Kizinger, adding that “losing an election is never pleasant” but “they all understand that There may be consequences.”

“In some ways, their willingness to take that risk really bolsters the power of the example they set,” Eisen said. “History is going to be kind to them. I don’t think any of them will regret it.”


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