Trump's shifting explanations after Mar-a-Lago raid match how he kept changing his story about Jan. 6, Adam Kinzinger says

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., speaks as the House Special Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing on July 21, 2022. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
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Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Donald Trump's claims about the FBI searching his property were "evolving."
He compared it to Trump's changing claims about the Jan. 6 riots as more evidence emerged.
Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the January 6th House Committee.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Trump's shifting claims surrounding the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago property reflect the way his account of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots has shifted over time -- and shows that he is not telling the truth.
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In an interview on CNN's Situation Room Monday, Kinzinger addressed the Aug. 8 FBI raid at Trump's Florida resort that sparked a political firestorm.
Kinzinger, who is one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 House Committee and has long been a vocal Trump critic.
Trump initially claimed that the Mar-a-Lago search was politically motivated and that the FBI may have even planted evidence.
But after the Justice Department on Friday unsealed the warrant used in the search and revealed that investigators believe he may have broken the Espionage Act, his position changed and his main defense was that he had already declassified the documents.
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In the interview, host Wolf Blitzer asked Kinzinger about the explanations Trump has given as to why the search found classified documents, and Kinzinger at this point linked them to Trump's January 6 actions.
"Donald Trump's statements of fearing things were planted to suddenly say he just mentally declassified these things to say, well, people take work home all the time, I mean, right like everything else, just like Jan 6, when it started as an Antifa operation, then it was the FBI, and then it was really just a bunch of tourists, and then it was a bunch of misunderstood people."
"There is always an evolving explanation, but that evolving explanation is always a lie and indicates that Donald Trump knew what he was doing," Kinzinger concluded. "So I don't know the details of the raid. But it seems Donald Trump's explanation is not accurate.”
The Justice Department and the National Archives were involved in Trump voluntarily returning a stash of 15 boxes of documents in early 2022.
However, officials reportedly came to believe Trump had withheld some documents, prompting them to take more drastic action.
The Jan. 6 committee is conducting a separate investigation into whether Trump may have broken the law by making unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Its members have strongly argued that Trump is personally responsible for the violence that day at the hands of his supporters in Washington, DC, who attacked the US Capitol.
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