NPR: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Reflects On Trump's 2nd Impeachment
As the second impeachment trial of former President Trump begins on Capitol Hill, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., about his calls for the GOP to turn away from Trump.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
Sixty-seven votes - that is what will be needed to convict Donald Trump in the impeachment trial that got underway today in the Senate. And with the Senate evenly divided, the question remains - will enough Republicans joined Democrats to find the former president guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors? Well, a month ago, Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois told me he thought there was a significant chance it could happen. And he's back now.
Congressman, welcome back.
ADAM KINGZINGER: Thank you. It's good to be with you.
KELLY: So you and I last spoke on January 13, the day that the House voted to impeach Trump a second time. You were only - you were one of only 10 Republicans voting to impeach. Do you still believe there is a significant chance the Senate will vote to convict?
KINZINGER: Well, boy, it just reminds me of how it hasn't been that long, but it feels like an eternity. And I'll tell you, I think less and less likely that they're going to vote to convict. I think the question is how many Republican senators, you know, end up voting that way. But it really has been kind of disturbing to see how what happened on January 6, the next day, we were clear eyed - and then it's kind of faded. And it's faded to the desire of politics and political victories. And so I don't know the number. I think it's less likely...
The full interview and transcript from this interview on 'All Things Considered' can be found on the NPR website here.