Newt Gingrich suggest jail time for Jan. 6 committee
During an interview Sunday with Fox host Maria Bartiromo , former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said he believes that members of the special committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot could face jail time.
“I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all gonna come crashing down and the wolves are going to find out that they’re all sheep and they’re the ones, in fact, I think are going face a real risk of jail for the kind of laws they are breaking,” said Gingrich, who also formerly served as a U.S. representative for Georgia.
Gingrich did not specify what laws the committee members have broken. A CNN analysis found that he may have been referring to abuse of power.
He told Bartiromo that by next January, both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be controlled by Republicans. As of this month, both houses are narrowly controlled by Democrats. This slim majority has made it difficult for the party to pass some legislation, including President Joe Biden’s proposed “ Build Back Better ” spending bill.
“I think they’ve talked themselves into a dead end,” said Gingrich of the party Sunday.
Midterm elections slated for November will decide which party controls both houses and will include races for governor seats in 36 states. According to Five Thirty Eight , Gingrich’s prediction that Republicans will control both houses after the elections does have some history to back it up, as midterms generally favor the part that isn’t in control of the White House.
Since World War II, there has been a “decent” correlation with the president’s approval rating on midterm election day and seats their party lost in the House. Results of CAPS/Harris poll released this month show that Biden’s approval rating is at 39 percent.
Other indicators of the midterm elections include: generic-ballot polls, which Republicans were leading by an average of 0.5 points as of Jan. 5; special elections, which Democrats have recently over-performed in, and individual elections polls closer to the election date.
In addition to claiming members of the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot could face prison time, Gingrich also said U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has mishandled the investigation.
Garland and committee members are “people who’ve run amok,” Gingrich said. He added that he views them as “basically a lynch mob and unfortunately the attorney general of the United States has joined that lynch mob and is totally misusing the FBI.”
More than 700 people have been arrested for participating in the deadly riot, which was fueled by supporters for former President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 presidential election to Biden. Rioters were attempting to prevent Congress from ratifying votes for Biden.
The special committee investigating the incident has also requested information from Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and people close to Trump, such as his daughter Ivanka.
“All these people who have been so tough and so mean and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every email because I think its clear that this these are people who are literally just running over the law, perusing innocent people, forcing them to spend thousands of dollars in legal fees, for no justification,” said Gingrich.
He expanded on his criticism of the Jan. 6 committee in an op-ed , where he proposed a new “Select Committee on Congressional Dishonesty and Abuse of Power.”
Since Gingrich made the comments, members of the committee have responded.
“That is just bizarre, I think Newt has really lost it,” said Democrat committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California .
“A former Speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent January 6 attack on our Capitol and our Constitution,” said Republican committee member Liz Cheney of Wyoming in a tweet . “This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.”