Scott Perry says he will not cooperate with the Jan. 6 panel’s request for an interview.
They surely expected this. What happens next matters even more.
What Perry’s saying 👇
Rejected: Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), a central figure in Donald Trump’s effort to weaponize the Justice Department in support of his false election fraud claims, is refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 select committee.
It was a swift move: Perry rejected an interview request from the panel on Tuesday, a day after the committee asked him to appear voluntarily. It sets up a potentially unprecedented confrontation between the committee and a fellow member of the House.
The backstory: The select panel sent Perry, the recently elected chair of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, a letter Monday evening asking for an interview and documents related to its inquiry into Jan. 6 and Trump’s efforts to pressure the Department of Justice to intervene in the 2020 election.
The evidence: Panel chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a letter to Perry they had uncovered evidence linking the Pennsylvania Republican to the meddling at the Department of Justice as well as texts and communications — including over the encrypted app Signal — with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The panel also said it had evidence of Perry’s communications with the White House and others involved with conspiracy theories about voting machines made by Dominion.
“I decline this entity’s request and will continue to fight the failures of the radical Left who desperately seek distraction from their abject failures of crushing inflation, a humiliating surrender in Afghanistan, and the horrendous crisis they created at our border.”
— Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) in a statement
(1/2) I stand with immense respect for our Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the Americans I represent who know that this entity is illegitimate, and not duly constituted under the rules of the US House of Representatives.
— RepScottPerry (@RepScottPerry) December 21, 2021
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