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Jan. 6 Committee Seeks Interview With Newt Gingrich

The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack asked former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) for his voluntary cooperation for an interview regarding his role in promoting theories of 2020 election fraud.

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“Some of the information that we have obtained includes email messages that you exchanged with senior advisors to President Trump and others, including Jared Kushner and Jason Miller, in which you provided detailed input into television advertisements that repeated and relied upon false claims about fraud in the 2020 election,” committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) wrote in the letter to Gingrich.

“These advertising efforts were not designed to encourage voting for a particular candidate,” Thompson added. “Instead, these efforts attempted to cast doubt on the outcome of the election after voting had already taken place.”

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The committee pointed to a December 8, 2020, email to showcase Gingrich’s input on a television script for an ad about election fraud.

“The goal is to arouse the country’s anger through new verifiable information the American people have never seen before. . . . If we inform the American people in a way they find convincing and it arouses their anger, they will then bring pressure on legislators and governors,” Gingrich wrote.

The letter indicates that the committee believes Gingrich was in close communications with Trump advisers including Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Gingrich allegedly wrote to Meadows about the false elector plan as soon as one night after the Capitol attack.

“[A]re there letters from state legislators about decertifying electors[?],” he wrote, according to the committee.

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