Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich contacted a Federal Communications Commission official about a company seeking a lucrative deal with the federal government, emails obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show. Gingrich has said he has “nothing” to do with the company.
The former house speaker has raised eyebrows with his public advocacy for a nationalized 5G policy at the same time that wireless company Rivada Networks has pushed the administration to allow them to provide 5G spectrum from the Department of Defense on a wholesale basis.
In his email to the FCC official reviewed by the DCNF, Gingrich appeared to refer to Rivada as “us.”
Gingrich, a Republican, told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade in April 2019 that he had no ties to Rivada after former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused the former speaker of acting in concert with Rivada.
“You also say you have nothing to do with Rivada, right?” Kilmeade asked.
“Nothing,” Gingrich answered.
But emails obtained by the DCNF show that Gingrich reached out to an FCC official about Rivada in November 2019,