Newt Gingrich ordered to testify before Georgia grand jury in election inquiry

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a rally in Cincinnati on July 6, 2016.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a rally in Cincinnati on July 6, 2016.

FAIRFAX, Va. – A local judge ordered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to testify before a Georgia grand jury as part of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into interference in the 2020 election.

Circuit Court Judge Robert Smith on Wednesday rejected arguments that Gingrich’s appearance was “not necessary and would impose an undue hardship” to travel to Atlanta later this month.

Gingrich declined comment following the brief hearing.

Attorney John Burlingame said he would likely appeal the ruling, which now requires Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman, to appear Nov. 29.

Fulton County prosecutors are seeking to question Gingrich about December 2020 contacts with the Donald Trump campaign in which Gingrich pushed for broadcasting television ads “promoting the false narrative that election workers had smuggled suitcases containing fake ballots” to the State Farm Arena in Atlanta where ballots were being counted.

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