Jan. 6 select committee wants Rep. Scott Perry to speak up

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Jan. 6 select committee wants Rep. Scott Perry to speak up

Members of the Jan. 6 select committee tasked with investigating the deadly attack on the Capitol want Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) to come in and provide information to the panel regarding alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. 

While the panel did not subpoena Perry — an ally for former President Donald Trump who was recently elected to serve as the next chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — the request marks the first time the committee has asked a sitting lawmaker to testify about the matter.

The committee’s push to hear from the Pennsylvania Republican comes in the wake of reports that he was involved with the former administration’s push to install Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark — whom the committee recently recommended to the full House be held in  contempt for his failure to comply with their subpoena —  as acting attorney general. 

2020 Election results
The select committee believes Rep. Scott Perry can provide information on the investigation.
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Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
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In a letter sent to Perry on Monday, Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) argued that he could provide key details into the events surrounding attempts to undermine the certification of the election results ahead of the riot at the Capitol. 

“We have received evidence from multiple witnesses that you had an important role in the efforts to install Mr. Clark as acting Attorney General. Acting Attorney General Rosen and acting Deputy Attorney General Donoghue have provided evidence regarding these issues, and we have received evidence that others who worked with Mr. Clark were aware of these plans,” he wrote.  

“We are also aware that you had multiple text and other communications with President Trump’s former Chief of Staff regarding Mr. Clark—and we also have evidence indicating that in that time frame you sent communications to the former Chief of Staff using the encrypted Signal app. Mr. Clark has informed us that he plans to invoke his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination in anticipation of a deposition to be conducted by the Committee. When Mr. Clark decided to invoke his 5th Amendment rights, he understood that we planned to pose questions addressing his interactions with you, among a host of other topics.” 

Jeffrey Clark
Perry allegedly wanted Clark installed as acting attorney general.
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The Capitol riot.
The Capitol riot left multiple dead.
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While the panel had not previously called a sitting member to testify, it has publicly featured text message exchanges between lawmakers and Trump administration officials and recommended to hold former House lawmaker and Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for not fully cooperating with their subpoena. 

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