Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) suggested that the Jan. 6 Select Committee members investigating the 2021 U.S. Capitol attack could face jail time if the Republicans return to power. Still, a GOP member of the committee has rebuked his remarks.
Appearing on Fox News on Sunday morning, Jan. 23, Gingrich predicted that the Republicans will retake control of Congress after the midterm elections later this year and will avenge what they called a partisan investigation led by Democrats.
“You’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate. And all of 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,” Gingrich said, adding that those lawmakers heading up the committee are “just running over the law.”
“This is all going to come crashing down,” when Republicans regain Congress, said Gingrich, who served as House Speaker from 1995 to 1999 and has reportedly been advising Republican leadership over the last several months.
“And the wolves are going to find out they are now sheep and they’re the ones who are going to face a real risk of, I think, jail for the kind of laws they’re breaking,” Gingrich said.
But Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice-chair of the House select committee, fired back at Gingrich over his threat, “A former Speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent Jan. 6 attack on our Capitol and our Constitution,” Cheney wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.”
According to The Hill, the Jan. 6 committee has been working to investigate what led to the Jan. 6 riot over the last several months, during which they have spoken with a lot of members of former President Donald Trump’s inner circle.
Cheney, and another Republican—Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) are the only Republicans who joined the Democrat-led committee.