For First Time, Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Information From a House Member

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The committee is requesting grounds and documents from Representative Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who was profoundly progressive successful efforts to overturn the election.

Representative Scott Perry astatine  a Stop the Steal rally astatine  the Pennsylvania State Capitol, 2  days aft  the 2020 election.
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Dec. 20, 2021, 7:37 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 onslaught connected the Capitol is seeking grounds and documents from Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, the archetypal nationalist measurement the sheet has taken to effort to get accusation from immoderate of the Republican members of Congress deeply involved successful President Donald J. Trump’s effort to enactment successful power.

The committee sent a missive connected Monday to Mr. Perry, the incoming president of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, asking for him to conscionable with its investigators and voluntarily crook implicit his communications during the buildup to the riot.

To date, the sheet has been reluctant to contented subpoenas for accusation from sitting members of Congress, citing the deference and respect lawmakers successful the enclosure are expected to amusement 1 another. But Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the president of the panel, has pledged to instrumentality specified a measurement if needed.

“The prime committee has tremendous respect for the prerogatives of Congress and the privateness of its members,” Mr. Thompson said successful his missive to Mr. Perry. “At the aforesaid time, we person a solemn work to analyse afloat each of these facts and circumstances.”

A spokesperson for Mr. Perry did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

In the weeks aft the 2020 election, Mr. Perry, a subordinate of Congress since 2013, compiled a dossier of elector fraud allegations and coordinated a program to effort to regenerate the acting lawyer general, who was resisting Mr. Trump’s attempts to overturn the election, with a much compliant official.

A erstwhile Army chopper aviator whose colleagues telephone him General Perry, Mr. Perry introduced Mr. Trump to Jeffrey Clark, the acting caput of the Justice Department’s civilian part who became 1 of the Stop the Steal movement’s astir ardent supporters. Around this time, the committee said, investigators judge Mr. Perry was communicating with Mark Meadows, who was past the White House main of staff, via an encrypted app, Signal.

Mr. Clark has said helium volition invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination erstwhile helium adjacent appears earlier the panel.

“We person received grounds from aggregate witnesses that you had an important relation successful the efforts to instal Mr. Clark arsenic acting lawyer general,” Mr. Thompson wrote to Mr. Perry. “When Mr. Clark decided to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights, helium understood that we planned to airs questions addressing his interactions with you, among a big of different topics.”

Shortly aft Mr. Trump mislaid the election, Mr. Perry joined Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, arsenic they huddled with elder White House officials astatine Trump run office successful Arlington County, Va., and came up with a strategy that would go a blueprint for Mr. Trump’s supporters successful Congress: hammer location the thought that the predetermination was tainted, denote ineligible actions being taken by the run and bolster the lawsuit with allegations of fraud.

Mr. Perry pressed the lawsuit for weeks, and successful January circulated a letter written by Pennsylvania authorities legislators to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the apical Republicans successful each chamber, asking Congress to hold certification. “I’m obliged to concur,” Mr. Perry wrote.

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The committee besides said it wanted to inquire Mr. Perry astir discussions helium was progressive successful regarding allegations that voting machines had been corrupted.

The sheet asked him to crook implicit each “relevant physics oregon different communications” related to the buildup to Jan. 6, including his communications with Mr. Trump and his ineligible squad arsenic good arsenic others progressive successful readying rallies connected Jan. 6 and the objections successful Congress to Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.

The sheet projected gathering with Mr. Perry betwixt Christmas and New Year’s oregon successful the archetypal afloat week of January.

The determination to question accusation from Mr. Perry comes arsenic the House is readying however champion to commemorate the horrors of Jan. 6, erstwhile the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol injured dozens of constabulary officers successful a rampage that near respective dead. More than 700 defendants person been charged successful transportation with the siege.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, said connected Monday that the day of the onslaught adjacent period would beryllium a time of “solemn observance.”

“Already, preparations are underway for a afloat programme of events, including a treatment among historians astir the communicative of that day; an accidental for members to stock their experiences and reflections from that day; and a prayerful vigil successful the evening,” Ms. Pelosi wrote successful a missive to chap lawmakers connected Monday.

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