In a dramatic turn of events, former House Speaker and avid Trump supporter, Newt Gingrich (R-GA), has reportedly testified before the special counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into the infamous January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
This intriguing development follows Gingrich’s involvement in the election interference probe currently underway in Georgia. The man is no stranger to controversy, having drawn sharp criticism for seemingly advocating violence in response to the FBI’s search for classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club.
Sara Murray, CNN correspondent, gave insight into the possible role Gingrich may have had in the attempt to destabilize the 2020 election. She noted, “A source tells me that former Speaker Newt Gingrich was testifying before the grand jury. He spent half a day in front of that jury, and of course, those proceedings are behind closed doors. We don’t know exactly what prosecutors asked him.”
Adding to Gingrich’s potential woes, the House January 6 Committee turned their attention to him last year. Based on uncovered documents, Gingrich was allegedly in communication with senior advisers to Donald Trump, discussing the TV strategy surrounding the 2020 election, including ads promoting the baseless allegations of election fraud.
Murray further observed, “The January 6th Committee also alleged that Gingrich may have played some sort of role in coordinating some of these slates of fake electors that we saw in a number of battleground states that Donald Trump lost, but of course, wanted to continue to try to contest.”
And it seems Gingrich was in communication with none other than Mark Meadows, who has also recently testified before these grand juries as part of the ongoing special counsel probe.
Adding to the air of anticipation, Murray said, “We’re waiting for a potential indictment in the classified documents case. It looks like that could be looming kind of at any point, and it seems clear that these two probes could be moving on different timelines.” She added, “It’s relatively late in the game to see a big name like Newt Gingrich going in before a grand jury.”
The intrigue continues to build as it’s revealed that prosecutors have been interviewing new witnesses in recent weeks. Steve Bannon was also recently served with a subpoena for testimony and documents.
In this swirling storm of investigations, one thing is clear – the echoes of January 6 are still reverberating loudly in our justice system, reminding us that no one is above the law, not even those who once wielded power. As millennials, it’s our responsibility to remember and learn from these tumultuous times, to ensure a more democratic and equal future.