GOP Rep. Scott Perry on Tuesday rejected a request for records from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Perry, a leader of the House Freedom Caucus who communicated with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows ahead of the attack, was the target of the committee’s first known request to a sitting GOP lawmaker.
According to the committee, Perry played an “important role” in efforts to install former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark — who pushed questionable claims of election fraud — as acting attorney general.
Clark appeared before the committee with his attorney on Nov. 5 in response to a subpoena, but he refused to answer any questions about his knowledge of Georgia election law, his conversations with members of Congress and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to get the Justice Department to investigate baseless claims of election fraud.
The committee said in a letter to Perry that it was “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.”
The letter continued, “In addition, we have information indicating that you communicated at various relevant times with the White House and others involved in other relevant topics, including regarding allegations that the Dominion voting machines had been corrupted.”
The Jan. 6 panel had requested Perry turn over his records and meet with investigators next week or in early January.
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