Jan. 6 Committee seeking cooperation from Newt Gingrich

The committee wants to learn more about Gingrich’s communications with senior advisers in former President Donald Trump’s White House about television ads that relied on false claims about the election.

“Some of the information we obtained included emails you exchanged with senior advisers to President Trump and others, including Jared Kushner and Jason Miller, in which you provided extensive input on television ads for the 2020 election,” Mississippi Democratic Representative Penny Thompson, who chairs the committee, wrote in the letter.

“These advertising efforts are not designed to encourage voting for a particular candidate,” he continued. “Rather, these efforts sought to cast doubt on the election results after voting had already taken place.”

The committee cited another email Gingrich sent to Kushner and Miller on Dec. 8, 2020, in response to a proposed script for a television ad about election fraud. The group said it showed Gingrich was “not just trying to persuade.”

“The goal is to inflame the nation with new verifiable information that the American people have never seen before.[.] … If we tell the American people the way they believe it will infuriate them[,] They will then bring pressure to bear on legislators and governors,” the email said, according to the group’s letter.

The group also claims that Gingrich was involved in an effort by Trump supporters to submit fraudulent voter registrations in some states, which has been a significant focus of the group and is now part of a Department of Justice investigation.

It also notes that Gingrich wrote a Nov. 12, 2020, letter to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows and former White House adviser Pat Cipollone: ​​”Is there somebody in charge of coordinating all the voters?”

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The committee also refers to an email Gingrich sent to Meadows at 10:42 p.m., the day of the Jan. 6 attack. “[A]There are letters from state legislators about voter redistricting[?],” he asked, according to the group.

The committee is asking for a voluntary, transcribed interview with Gingrich during the week of September 19.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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