House investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection just took an unexpected turn: report
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) has become a key focal point for the House Select Committee's investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, according to The Washington Post's Jacqueline Alemany.
Per Politicus USA, the investigative committee has released a new report that suggests Perry was part of a small group that may have worked to help plan the insurrection that took place on Jan. 6.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Alemany shared details about what she could confirm regarding Perry and his communication with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
“My colleague Tom Hamburger and I confirmed that Scott Perry was, in fact, the lawmaker who did send that text to Mark Meadows that Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) read aloud last week to direct [Mark] Meadows to please check your Signal [encrypted app] and that immediately, I think, piqued the interest of the investigators,” Alemany said.
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Alemany went on to share details about the latest letter and how it could make lawmakers more inclined to cooperate with the committee investigating.
“Look, this letter is a significant step forward for the committee and for the reporters that have been covering the committee since its inception in July or earlier this summer," Alemany said. "It’s always been a question of how the panel is going to handle getting sitting lawmakers to cooperate with them, as we knew from the very beginning that people like [House minority leader] Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), [Rep.] Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Scott Perry were in touch with the president and his inner circle about the effort to overturn the result of the 2020 election.”
The Committee is also said to have plans to question Perry about his involvement in Trump's previous plan to fire “Acting Attorney-General Jeff Rosen” and install his own ally Jeffery Clark as "Acting-Attorney General." Alemany reported that Perry was "directly involved in the effort to install Clark, which may expose Perry to more criminal liability than even a role in the riot on January 6th."
“… They had already gotten evidence that [Rep. Bennie] Thompson echoed yesterday that [Perry] was directly pressuring [Department of Justice] officials to investigate these various fringe conspiracy theories. He also acknowledged in those interviews with the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was the person who introduced Mark Meadows to Jeffery Clark, who has also become a central player. So there are so many different pieces that are kind of falling together here."
Despite the angle the investigative committee chooses to pursue, Politicus USA notes that "Perry is squarely in the middle of the Select Committee’s investigation and that the Committee already has significant evidence that concerns him as it seeks his testimony."
Correction: This story initially misstated which state Perry represents.
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