Jan. 6 panel seeks information from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: NPR


Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks before former President Donald Trump during an America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, July 26, 2022.

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Jan. 6 panel seeks information from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: NPR

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks before former President Donald Trump during an America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, July 26, 2022.

Andrew Harnik/AP

WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurgency is seeking information from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about his communications with then-President Donald Trump’s senior advisers in the days leading up to the 2021 attack on the Capitol.

The committee’s chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, wrote in a letter sent to Gingrich on Thursday that the panel had obtained emails Gingrich had exchanged with Trump associates about television ads that “repeated and supported each other.” over false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election” and were aimed at casting doubt on the vote after it had already taken place.

Thompson wrote that Gingrich also appeared to be involved in Trump’s plan to nominate fake voters and emailed Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows about those efforts on the evening of January 6, after that Trump supporters attacked the Capitol.

“Information obtained by the select committee suggests that you provided detailed guidance on television advertisements that perpetuated false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election, that you sought ways to extend the reach of this message and that you were probably in direct conversation with President Trump about these efforts,” Thompson wrote to Gingrich.

Gingrich’s request to voluntarily cooperate comes as the committee quietly continues its investigation and prepares for another round of hearings next month. Lawmakers and staff have interviewed witnesses and compiled a final report in recent weeks after a series of hearings in June and July shed new light on Trump’s actions before and after the deadly riots — and his lack of response while violence was ongoing in the Capitol.

If he cooperates, Gingrich would be one of more than 1,000 witnesses questioned by the committee, including dozens of Trump allies. The committee’s eight hearings this summer have featured not only live testimony, but also excerpts from video interviews with some of the former president’s closest aides, cabinet secretaries and even family members. The panel is expected to resume hearings in September, before the midterm elections.

In the letter to Gingrich, Thompson said the former Georgia lawmaker exchanged emails with top Trump aides in which he provided “detailed input” in television ads that encouraged members of the public to contact the public. state officials and pressure them to reverse Trump’s loss to Joe Biden. . “To that end, these ads were intentionally run in the days leading up to December 14, 2020, the day voters in every state gathered to vote for president and vice president,” Thompson wrote.

It came as Georgia election officials faced intimidation and threats of violence.

In a Dec. 8, 2020, email to White House aides, according to the committee, Gingrich wrote, “The goal is to anger the country with new, verifiable information the American people have never seen before. . … If we inform the American people in a way that they find compelling and that angers them, then they will pressure lawmakers and governors.”

The panel also quoted a Nov. 12, 2020, email from Gingrich, just days after the election, to Meadows and then to White House attorney Pat Cipollone: ​​”Is anyone in charge to coordinate all voters? … contested voters are to meet on (D) Dec. 14 and send ballots to force contests that the chamber should settle.”

On the evening of Jan. 6, Gingrich wrote Meadows at 10:42 p.m., after the Capitol was cleared and after Congress resumed certification of Biden’s victory. He asked about letters from state lawmakers regarding “voter nullification,” the committee said.

“Amazingly, the attack on Congress and the activities mandated by the Constitution have not even halted your relentless pursuit,” Thompson wrote.


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