Rep. Scott Perry denies Jan. 6 committee accusation that he sought Trump’s pardon

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry has denied ever apologizing to former President Trump for his involvement in attempts to annul the 2020 election, disputing an allegation made by fellow GOP Rep. Liz Cheney. during a Thursday evening hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

“The idea that I ever sought a presidential pardon for myself or other members of Congress is an absolute, shameless, soulless lie,” Perry wrote on Twitter Friday.

During a preview of the committee’s investigation, Cheney, vice chairman of the select committee and one of his two Republicans, said Perry was involved in efforts to get the Justice Department lawyer named. Jeff Clark as Attorney General. Trump wanted Clark to be the top law enforcement official in the land so he would be empowered to send a letter to Georgia and other states that would say, according to Cheney, the Justice Department had ” identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election.”

Other Justice Department officials appointed by Trump, including Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen and Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, threatened to resign over his actions and confronted the then-president and Clark in the Oval Office, Cheney said. Rosen will testify before the committee at its Wednesday, June 15 hearing, CBS News has learned.

After alleging that Perry had advocated for Clark’s appointment as attorney general, Cheney claimed, “As you will see, Rep. Perry contacted the White House in the weeks following January 6 to seek a presidential pardon. . Several other Republican congressmen have also requested a presidential pardon. for their role in the attempted cancellation of the 2020 election.”

She did not name any additional members of Congress or provide any additional evidence to support that claim in her Thursday night statement, which offered some sort of summary of the case that the committee will present over the next five hearings in June.

Perry is one of five Republican lawmakers the committee has subpoena to testify in his investigation. None of them appeared in response to the subpoena. The others are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Andy Biggs of Arizona.

The Pennsylvania congressman initially declined a December request from the committee to voluntarily testify about his discussions with Justice Department officials. In a May letter responding to the subpoena, his attorney wrote that “there was nothing improper about these discussions and Mr. Perry saw no reason to submit to questioning by Democratic members who [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi appointed to Committee.”

Perry, like other Republicans, argues the select committee is illegitimate because Pelosi refused to allow some of McCarthy’s appointees to serve on the committee — an argument that was rejected by a Trump-appointed judge in court.

According to a October report of a Senate committee investigating the attacksPerry introduced Clark to Trump and the three met in the Oval Office on Dec. 23, 2021. The committee also found that Perry called Donoghue at Trump’s request on Dec. 27 to discuss baseless allegations of voter fraud in Pennsylvania and referenced Clark on the call. .

Rob Legare and Melissa Quinn contributed to this story.

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