Newt Gingrich tells the NBC news reporter he has a “learning disability” after the reporter asked about January 6th

Former Speaker of the Republican House of Representatives Newt Gingrich insulted a reporter from Capitol Hill after the journalist pushed him into the Committee of Representatives investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

“What do you think of the January 6th committee?” Senior NBC congressional reporter Scott Wong asked Gingrich Thursday during a press crowd at the Capitol.

“I don’t,” he replied before shaking his head.

Gingrich, 79, was there to help House Republicans in the upcoming election.

Wong continued, “You have no thoughts about the committee itself?” he asked, pointing his cellphone at Gingrich as other reporters surrounded the former House Speaker.

Gingrich appeared to ignore the reporter before turning to him and saying, “I think you have a learning disability.”

Wong, who seemed taken aback by the humiliating remark, replied, “Excuse me?”

Gingrich then gestured with his hands and pointed to his head: “The fact is, I’ve said three or four times I don’t talk about it. Try the sentence: I don’t talk about it.’

Wong then took to his Twitter to post the humiliating remark, which received more than 28,000 views.

Wearing a dark suit and red tie, Gingrich appeared to ignore the reporter before turning to him and saying:

Wearing a dark suit and red tie, Gingrich appeared to ignore the reporter before turning to him and saying, “I think you have a learning disability.” Wong seemed stunned and replied, “Excuse me?”

Scott Wong, a senior convention reporter at NBC, took to his Twitter and posted the humiliating remark, which received more than 28,000 views

Scott Wong, a senior convention reporter at NBC, took to his Twitter and posted the humiliating remark, which received more than 28,000 views

The former Speaker of the House was at the Capitol on Thursday to help House Republicans and talk about the upcoming election

The former Speaker of the House was at the Capitol on Thursday to help House Republicans and talk about the upcoming election

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Gingrich was asked by the US House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol to provide details of his efforts to spread false claims about the 2020 election.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Democrat-led selection committee, said the information the panel received included email messages Gingrich exchanged with senior advisers to former President Donald Trump, in which he “detailed contributions” to television advertising.

When DailyMail.com reached out to Gingrich through his Virginia-based company’s website for comment, there was no immediate response.

Thompson said in the letter: “These promotions were not designed to encourage voting for any particular candidate.

“Instead, these efforts attempted to cast doubt on the outcome of the election after a vote had already taken place.”

Gingrich had spread messages aimed at upsetting voters.

Thompson wrote that Gingrich also appeared to be involved in Trump’s plan to appoint fake voters, and emailed his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, about that effort on the evening of Jan. 6 after Trump supporters attacked the Capitol.

“Information obtained by the Select Committee indicates that you have provided detailed instructions on the television advertisements that have sustained false claims of fraud in the 2020 election, that you have sought ways to expand the reach of these messages, and that you have likely been in direct discussions with President Trump about this effort,” Thompson wrote to Gingrich.

Thompson also said the committee received information that suggested Gingrich was involved in a program to replace state electors with handpicked candidates who would act to keep Trump in power despite his election defeat.

The committee requested that Gingrich appear for a voluntary, transcribed interview with Gingrich during the week of September 19.

It also asked him to keep all records of any communications he may have had with the White House, Trump, Trump’s legal team, or anyone involved in the Jan. 6 events.

The request for Gingrich to voluntarily cooperate comes as the committee quietly continues its investigation and prepares for a new set of hearings next month.

Lawmakers and staffers have been interviewing witnesses and producing a final report in recent weeks after a series of hearings in June and July shed new light on Trump’s actions before and after the deadly riots — and his lack of response when the violence was raging the Capitol.

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot is seeking information from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (pictured in July).

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot is seeking information from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (pictured in July).

The committee's chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, wrote in a letter how the panel had received emails that Gingrich had exchanged with Trump's aides

The committee’s chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, wrote in a letter how the panel had received emails that Gingrich had exchanged with Trump’s aides

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) introduces Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a rally at the Sharonville Convention Center July 6, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Trump is campaigning in Ohio ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) introduces Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a rally at the Sharonville Convention Center July 6, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Trump is campaigning in Ohio ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

The panel is expected to resume hearings in September before the midterm elections

The panel is expected to resume hearings in September before the midterm elections

If Gingrich cooperates, he would be one of more than 1,000 witnesses being questioned by the committee, including dozens of Trump allies

If Gingrich cooperates, he would be one of more than 1,000 witnesses being questioned by the committee, including dozens of Trump allies

If he cooperates, Gingrich would be one of more than 1,000 witnesses being questioned by the committee, including dozens of Trump allies.

In the letter to Gingrich, Thompson said the former Georgia lawmaker exchanged emails with top Trump aides who encouraged the public to contact state officials and pressure them to reverse Trump’s loss to Joe Biden.

“To that end, these ads were intentionally aired in the days leading up to December 14, 2020, the day voters from each state met to cast their votes for President and Vice President,” Thompson wrote.

This happened as Georgian election officials faced intimidation and threats of violence.

In a Dec. 8, 2020 email to White House staffers, Gingrich wrote, according to the committee, “The goal is to incite the wrath of the country through new verifiable information that the American people have never seen before.” … If we inform the American people in a way that they find compelling and arouses their ire, they will put pressure on lawmakers and governors.’

The panel also cited a Nov. 12, 2020, email from Gingrich, just days after the election, to Meadows and then-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone: ​​“Is someone in charge of coordinating all the electors? … contentious voters must meet December 14 and send in ballots to force contests that the House would have to settle.’

At 10:42 p.m. on the evening of January 6, Gingrich wrote to Meadows after the Capitol had been vacated and Congress had resumed confirming Biden’s victory. He asked about letters from state legislators about “voter debasement,” the committee says.

“Surprisingly, the attack on Congress and the constitutionally mandated activities did not even interrupt your relentless pursuit,” Thompson wrote.

The committee’s eight hearings this summer included not only live testimony, but also clips from video interviews with some of the former president’s closest aides, cabinet secretaries and even family members.

The panel is expected to resume hearings in September ahead of the midterm elections.

On Jan. 6, 2021, thousands of Republican Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, emboldened by the then-President in a speech to the White House to protest Congress’ formal endorsement of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election.

Trump has refused to admit he lost the election, instead repeating unsubstantiated claims that Biden’s victory was the result of voter fraud.

The committee is trying to find out what Trump was doing when thousands of his supporters attacked the police, vandalized the Capitol and ran for their lives from congressmen and then-Vice President Mike Pence.

The January 6 committee will hold its next hearing on Wednesday.

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