Members of Congress concerned for safety

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, joins "GMA" with the details inside Washington, D.C., ahead of the inauguration.
3:53 | 01/16/21

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Let's talk more about the politics and the security here as we head into the inauguration with congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois who voted to impeach president trump. Congressman, thanks for coming on this morning. I know you were barricaded and apparently armed inside the capitol building on January 6th. Days later you turned around and voted to impeach Donald Trump and I know now several of your colleagues are so worried about their safety that they bought bulletproof vests. Are you dealing with credible threats to your life? Yeah, you know what, there's always credible threats. I actually think the bigger threats are the ones that aren't written, that aren't sent, that are unknown. There's no doubt what you saw on January 6th shows me that people are taking politics now to the violent realm and there's always lone wolf concerns out there, so, yeah, I'm dealing with threats but I'm not fearful I just will take the appropriate precautions. There is a report before the riot congressional leaders were not told that the police had actually requested backup. So given all the failures that we saw, you know, coming fully into the light on January 6th, are you convinced that security will be tight enough for the inaugural on Wednesday? I am, yeah. If you look at how everything is being put up around D.C. And I mean the difficulty getting in even for members of congress and, of course, the men and women of the guard and the police forces there, I think we'll be safe. I think they're taking appropriate precautions and sadly 25,000 troops, it seems like overkill but given the threat I'd much rather be in a place of overkill than have underpredicted what the real threat is. A few moments ago we heard Nancy Pelosi talking about the fact that members of congress may have helped the rioters. There is an investigation going on right now into these apparently suspicious tours given at the capitol the day before the riot. Do you believe it's possible that some of your colleagues could be implicated here? Look, I think it's quite possible. I don't -- I hope it's not probable. You know, they could just been giving tours, but I think we have an obligation to find this out and people need to be held accountable for this. Look, we have members of congress at least we know this, even without giving tours tweeting things that morning like today is 1776, talking about taking the hill back by force. We have one member of congress tweeting the location of members of congress and then when the speaker of the house left the chamber -- and she knew that she was communicating to a larger crowd outside. So there are a lot of questions that need answered and certainly I hope it's not the case, but we have to make sure that, you know, anybody that aided and abetted this insurrection needs to be held accountable. Let me ask a policy question. I know you're in the house and the trial would take place in the senate. But there are a lot of questions about can you have a senate trial and also a major push to push through Biden's first 100-day agenda including pandemic relief. Do you think Washington -- I guess it's not safe to say walk and chew gum because that's pretty easy. But can Washington multitask in this way? Yeah, I think it's going to be difficult, honestly. That's why I thought initially bringing up impeachment wasn't wise even though I would vote for it, but it will be interesting to see how they can do that multitasking. That will create a lot of anger but the bottom line is I think what the president did was incite an insurrection which is so I think the senate is going to have to try to do both while getting some big bipartisan accomplishment. This incoming administration facing massive unprecedented challenges. Congressman Kinzinger, thanks for your time this Saturday morning. Please stay safe. We appreciate it again. One quick programming note. You can see the ABC news documentary "24 hours: Assault on the capitol, an inside look at the siege" right now streaming on hulu.

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