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Gingrich is willing to testify to Jan. 6 panels, his lawyer says

ATLANTA — Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker involved in efforts to overturn Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss, is willing to give an interview to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol after certain conditions are met, his lawyer said Thursday.

Gingrich, a staunch ally of Trump, was asked to appear before the committee in a Sept. 1 letter from Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who serves as the panel’s chair. The letter noted that the committee’s investigators had obtained evidence that Gingrich had been in touch with senior advisers to Trump about advertisements that amplified false claims about election fraud in the November 2020 election.

According to Thompson, Gingrich urged the Trump campaign to run ads focused on the bogus assertion that suitcases of fake ballots had been smuggled into a vote processing area by election workers in Atlanta.

Gingrich, 79, a former member of Congress from Georgia, rose to power and fame in the early 1990s promoting a so-called Contract with America, a statement of conservative governing principles. Gingrich has also been ordered to give testimony Nov. 16 before a special grand jury in Atlanta that is conducting a criminal investigation into efforts by Trump and his allies to reverse Trump’s loss in the Southern state.

A court hearing in Fairfax County, Virginia, where Gingrich lives, on whether he must testify in Georgia is scheduled for Wednesday.

However, in an interview on Thursday, Gingrich’s lawyer, J. Randolph Evans, said that he hoped a Virginia judge would be convinced that Gingrich’s testimony before members of Congress would render his client’s appearance in Atlanta unnecessary.

“The idea being that if this really is about information, presumably the Jan. 6 committee would do a good job and obviate the need for testimony in Georgia,” Evans said.


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Grand jury subpoenas Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani over effort to overturn Georgia’s popular vote

Former New York City Major Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Major Rudy Giuliani.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

  • The Fulton County special grand jury has issued several subpoenas to members of Trump’s legal team.

  • Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, legal adviser John Eastman, and Sen. Lindsay Graham all got subpoenas.

  • Fulton County DA Fani Willis is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

The Fulton County special grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump and his alleged attempt to overturn the presidential election results in Georgia has issued subpoenas to several members of Trump’s legal team, including his attorney Rudy Giuliani, as well as South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to court filings first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Other members of Trump’s legal team who received subpoenas include John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Cleta Mitchell, and Jenna Ellis. Each of these individuals advised the former president on legal strategies to try to overturn the 2020 presidential election results on the basis of widespread allegations that proved baseless and failed repeated legal challenges and recounts.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been conducting a criminal investigation into whether Trump illegally pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to hand him a win in the state’s 2020 electoral college votes, even though he received fewer votes than now-President Joe Biden; a recount determined Biden had won by 11,779 votes.

A representative for the district attorney’s office said it could not comment “beyond what is in the documents themselves.”

According to a court filing that disclosed the subpoenaGraham asked Raffensperger and his staff about “reexamining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome” for Trump.

“The Witness also made reference to allegations of widespread voter fraud in the

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