Liz Cheney hits back at Newt Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members could be jailed

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Liz Cheney hits back at Newt Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members could be jailed

Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two GOP lawmakers on the House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot, slammed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich after he suggested that members of the panel could face legal consequences if Republicans take control of Congress in November’s midterm elections

“I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down,” Gingrich​, a Georgia Republican who served as speaker from 1995 to 1999, said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” 

“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​,” he continued. ​​

Cheney (R-Wyo.), who has described the attack on the Capitol as an “insurrection” and not a protest, ​posted a clip of Gingrich’s appearance with her condemnation of his remarks. 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested that members of the House Select Committee on the Capitol riot could face jail time.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested that members of the House Select Committee on the Capitol riot could face jail time.
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Gingrich compared the Jan.6 committee to a "lynch mob."
Gingrich compared the Jan.6 committee to a “lynch mob.”
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“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 on her personal account. 

“This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels,” she said. 

The other Republican member of the panel, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, tweeted a clip of the late comedian Chris Farley playing an angry school bus driver in the 1995 film “Billy Madison.”

Gingrich accused members of the committee and Attorney General Merrick Garland of “running amok” and “breaking the rules.”

“​​What they need to understand is on Jan​. 4, next year, you will 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 will be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every email​,” he claimed, adding that the panel members are “literally just running over the law, pursuing innocent people.”

Rep. Liz Cheney said Gingrich's comments are "what it looks like when the rule of law unravels."
Rep. Liz Cheney said Gingrich’s comments are “what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.”
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Gingrich claimed that the House committee is "pursuing innocent people."
Gingrich claimed that the House committee is “pursuing innocent people.”
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“​It’s basically a lynch mob and unfortunately the attorney general of the United States has joined the lynch mob and is totally misusing the FBI​,” Gingrich added. ​​

The committee has subpoenaed numerous members of former President Donald Trump’s administration, including then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and one-time White House adviser Steve Bannon. 

Last week, the panel sent a letter to Ivanka Trump asking her to voluntarily appear next month to discuss any conversations she had with her father or witnessed between him and then-Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Jan. 6. 

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