Gingrich Says Jan. 6 Committee Members Could Face Jail if Republicans Regain Control

Gingrich Says Jan. 6 Committee Members Could Face Jail if Republicans Regain Control

In a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News Channel, former House Speaker (R-Ga.) said that members “face a real risk of jail.”

Gingrich’s remarks to host , expounded on the ideas laid out in his op-ed for Newsweek. Gingrich’s piece, titled “The Wolves Will Become Sheep” argued that the tables will turn on members of the select committee if Republicans regain the majority.

But Gingrich still hasn’t mentioned any laws that committee members allegedly broke. Indeed, his op-ed didn’t propose prosecuting anyone. All of this has led Gingrich’s critics to accuse him of pandering to Trump and being deliberately provocative to stay relevant.

As Mediaite reports:

“You have — both with Attorney General [MerrickGarland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok,” Gingrich argued. He added, “What they need to understand is on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate. And 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 e-mail.”

A Warning From Republicans?

Gingrich went on to blast Garland and the Jan. 6 committee as a “lynch mob.” He warned that Republicans may look to imprison their political opponents next January — arguing that their inquiry is breaking the law by “running over peoples’ civil liberties.”

“I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down,” Gingrich said. “And the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep and they’re the ones who are in fact, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kinds of laws they’re breaking.”

Afterward, Rep. (R-Wyo.) blasted Gingrich.

The Hill reports:

“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,” Cheney said in a tweet on Sunday. “This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.”

Although Cheney’s voting record aligned with Trump’s 93% of the time, the Wyoming Republican emerged as a fierce critic of the former president and those who excuse his behavior.

Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) are the only Republicans on the committee. While Kinzinger is not seeking reelection, Cheney faces a strong primary challenge from a Trump-backed candidate.

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