The members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked Select Committee on Jan. 6 are doing exactly what their critics said they would do: They have turned the Capitol riot probe into a partisan exercise, though Republican lawmakers becoming ensnared in the investigation are increasingly pushing back.
No doubt concerned that their party is heading for a midterm political blood bath, if the polling data is right, Democrats who run the committee are increasing casting a wider net hoping to catch more Republicans, and the latest is Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., who was sent a request for a sit-down interview and to turn over documents that the panel is demanding.
But Perry “has sent a stern message that he will not be playing their game and declined their requests, dealing Pelosi another setback,” The Republic Brief reported.
“I stand with immense respect for our Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the Americans I represent who know that this entity is illegitimate, and not duly constituted under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives,” Perry said in a statement.
The Associated Press added:
In a letter to Perry on Monday night, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the panel, said the panel had received evidence from multiple witnesses, including then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and then-acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, that Perry had “an important role” in efforts to install Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general.
The lawmaker’s refusal will test how far the committee is willing to go in its quest for information as members have so far resisted subpoenaing one of their own as they investigate the insurrection by Trump’s supporters and his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The letter is the first time the panel has publicly released a request to a fellow member of Congress as the members inquire about the details of Perry and other congressional Republicans who met with Trump ahead of the Capitol attack and strategized about how they could block the results at the Jan. 6 electoral count.
Thompson also noted in his letter to Perry that though the committee “has tremendous respect for the prerogatives of Congress and the privacy of its Members,” the panel nevertheless has “a solemn responsibility to investigate fully all of these facts and circumstances.”
The committee also wants to see all documents and communications between Perry and Donald Trump, the then-president’s legal team, and anyone else involved in planning the Jan. 6 events.
“The lawmaker, representing Pennsylvania’s 10th District, was cited more than 50 times in a Senate Judiciary report released in October outlining how Trump’s effort to overturn his election defeat to Joe Biden brought the Justice Department to the brink of chaos and prompted top officials there and at the White House to threaten to resign,” The AP noted.
While Thompson and his panel may claim they have “tremendous respect” for the chamber’s GOP members, let’s hope that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California is serious about holding the Biden administration as well as several congressional Democrats accountable for their past actions as well.
As Conservative Brief noted earlier this week:
…[McCarthy] believes he will be House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in January 2023, and the GOP leader is already making plans to follow in Democratic footsteps when it comes to investigations.
Upset by the opposition party’s obsession with all things Donald Trump, McCarthy is making plans to hold key Democrats accountable ahead of expected investigations launched by various Republican-held congressional committees…
In addition to sending “preservation notices” to the Biden administration, McCarthy is also reportedly preparing to staff up so he can oversee similar GOP-led probes of Democrats like they have conducted of the Trump administration, including the Mueller Report, Ukraine, COVID-19, and Jan. 6.