Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was ordered on Wednesday to testify before a grand jury in Georgia that is investigating allegations that former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.
Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Robert Smith was tasked with whether to enforce the subpoena because Gingrich lives in Virginia, and the judge approved the request from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis who is investigating the allegations. Gingrich will testify on Nov. 29.
An attorney for Gingrich claimed that the former House speaker will already be testifying in front of the Jan. 6 committee on the same topic one week before his testimony in Georgia and should not be required to give a testimony on the same topic twice. The judge disagreed with that logic, according to CNN. Gingrich’s attorney said he plans to appeal.
In her petition for testimony from Gingrich, Willis cited an email he allegedly sent to Trump allies discussing a plan to “arouse the country’s anger” over the 2020 election. She also claimed he was involved in the alternative electors scheme, in which people presented themselves as electors to be called upon in the event that a court deemed Trump the winner. Gingrich has not publicly commented on the subpoena.
Willis opened the investigation following audio that surfaced last year in which Trump underscored the need to “find” 11,780 votes to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, enough votes to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and said Willis’s inquiry is yet another political “witch hunt” against him.
The Fulton County inquiry has already heard from Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, and Raffensperger, among others.