- The January 6 committee is seeking a voluntary interview with Newt Gingrich.
- The committee said emails showed Gingrich pushing for TV ads with false election claims.
- They also said he appeared to be involved in the alternate electors plot, citing a text he sent to Mark Meadows.
The January 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot said Thursday it is seeking information from Newt Gingrich about his involvement in efforts to subvert 2020 election results.
In a letter sent to the former Republican House speaker, the committee said it is seeking his "voluntary cooperation." The letter also said the committee had obtained messages that suggested Gingrich was involved in efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to cast doubt and even overturn the election results.
The committee said it obtained emails that showed Gingrich urging the Trump campaign to air TV ads repeating false claims about the election.
According to the letter, in one email sent to Jared Kushner and Jason Miller, Gingrich wrote: "The goal is to arouse the country's anger through new verifiable information the American people have never seen before[.] . . . If we inform the American people in a way they find convincing and it arouses their anger[,] they will then bring pressure on legislators and governors."
The committee also said information it obtained suggested Gingrich was involved in a plot to appoint alternate electors to vote for Trump on behalf of states that Biden won. The letter said Gingrich wrote in a text to Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows and White House counsel Pat Cipollone: "Is someone in charge of coordinating all the electors? Evans makes the point that all the contested electors must meet on [D]ecember 14 and send in ballots to force contests which the house would have to settle."
The committee is requesting Gingrich sit for an interview on September 19 and to preserve any relevant communications.
Gingrich's company did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.