Newt Gingrich ordered to testify in Georgia election probe

FAIRFAX, Va. — A local judge has ordered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to testify before a Georgia grand jury in a sweeping criminal investigation into interference in the 2020 election.

Circuit Court Judge Robert Smith on Wednesday rejected arguments that Gingrich’s appearance was “unnecessary and would impose undue hardship” to travel to Atlanta later this month.

Gingrich declined to comment after the brief hearing.

Attorney John Burlingame said he would likely appeal the ruling, which now requires Gingrich, a former congressman from Georgia, to appear on Nov. 29.

Fulton County prosecutors are seeking to question Gingrich about December 2020 contacts with Donald Trump’s campaign in which Gingrich lobbied to air television ads ‘promoting the false narrative that election officials had smuggled suitcases containing fake ballots” at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta where the ballots were being counted.

USA Today

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