The House Committee investigating the January 6 uprising on the Capitol has requested its first interview with a current member of the House of Representatives. Conference, asked to speak to Republican Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, the panel said Monday.
The Speaker of the Democratic panel, Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, sent a letter to Perry saying that they had received evidence giving them reason to speak to him about his interactions with the former President. Donald Trump in the days prior to January 6.
Perry and others Republican Party member reportedly met with Trump to discuss how they could prevent the election results from being certified on January 6. Perry is also said to have introduced Trump to assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark and was part of the the group said that Clark should be appointed acting attorney general to carry out their plan.
The request is the first time the committee has requested an interview with an incumbent member of Congress, as it said Perry was part of internal pressure on the Justice Department to interfere in the election and prevent or reverse reverse results.
The panel also requested any records of communications between Perry and Trump or members of his legal team regarding the January 6 planning.
Perry said he, Trump and Clark met and discussed concerns they had about the confidentiality and validity of the election. He also publicly refuted and refused to accept the President Joe Bidenwin the election.
The panel previously voted to disparage Clark after he refused to answer questions, and Thompson has said the committee will not pursue the charges until they attempt to depose Clark again. .
His attorney said Clark will continue to assert his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself after the second removal takes place. It was rescheduled because Clark was dealing with a health condition that has not been made public.
In Thompson’s letter, he said the jury received evidence from multiple witnesses, including then Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and then Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, that Perry had “a important role” in the effort to place Clark in the position of acting attorney general. .
A request for comment by the Associated Press left to Perry’s office was not immediately returned.
The legislator representing Pennsylvania’s 10th District has been cited more than 50 times in a Senate Judiciary report released in October outlines how Trump’s attempt to overturn his 2020 election defeat has brought the Justice Department to the brink of chaos and prompted top officials there and at the White House to threaten resignations. .
The Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state, and senior Justice officials denied Perry’s claims.
Recently Senate The report outlines a call Perry made to Donoghue last December to say the department was not doing its job in relation to the elections. Perry encouraged Donoghue to call for Clark’s help because he was “the type of guy who could really go in there and do something about this,” the report said.
Perry has previously said that his “official communications” with Justice Department officials were in accordance with the law.
The letter sent Monday night is the first time the panel has publicly requested it to be addressed to a member of Congress as it investigates Trump’s communications with his Republican allies. But it’s worth noting that the panel did not subpoena Perry, as it has other witnesses close to Trump, who lawmakers believe have relevant information.
In his letter to Perry, Thompson added that the panel “has great respect for the prerogatives of Congress and the privacy of Members. At the same time, we have a serious responsibility to fully investigate all of them. these events and circumstances.”
The panel interviewed approximately 300 people as they sought to create a comprehensive profile of the attack and the events leading up to it.
Trump at the time promoted false claims about widespread voter fraud and lobbied the Vice President. Mike Pence and Republican members of Congress to try to overturn the numbers at the January 6 congressional certification. Election officials around the country, along with the courts, have repeatedly rejected the claims. Trump’s father.
An angry mob of Trump supporters repeated his false claims when they brutally beat Capitol police and broke into the building that day, interrupting Biden’s confirmation of victory. .
In the request to meet Perry, Thompson wrote: “We’d love to see you soon to discuss these topics, but we’d also like to fit your schedule.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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