GOP congressman refuses Jan. 6 records request

Scott Perry, Republican Representative of Texas, rejected Tuesday's request from the House Select Committee to review the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

GOP congressman refuses Jan. 6 records request

Perry, who was a leader in the House Freedom Caucus and had previously spoken with Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, before the attack, was the first target of the committee's request to any sitting GOP lawmaker.

The committee found Perry to have played an "important part" in the efforts to make Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, acting attorney general. Clark made questionable claims about election fraud.

Clark, along with his attorney, appeared before the committee on Nov. 5, in response to a subpoena. However, he refused any questions about his knowledge about Georgia election law, his conversations and attempts to get the Justice Department into investigating baseless allegations of election fraud.

In a letter to Perry, the committee stated that it was aware that Perry had received multiple texts and other communications from President Trump's former Chief Of Staff about Mr. Clark. We also have evidence that shows that during that period you communicated with the former Chief OF Staff via the encrypted Signal App.

"In addition, you have information indicating that your communication at different relevant times with White House and other involved in other topics, including regarding allegations of corrupt voting machines in Dominion," the letter concluded.

Perry responded to the request on Twitter by saying, "I stand with immense respect and our Constitution, Rule of Law, and the Americans that I represent who know this entity is illegitimate and not duly formed under the rules of US House of Representatives."

Perry was requested by the Jan. 6 panel to turn over his records and meet investigators next week, or early January.

Recent revelations by the committee have revealed that Meadows and several GOP lawmakers had communicated with him before and during the Capitol attack. This is according to the thousands upon thousands of pages of text messages and emails he provided to the committee before he retreated and refused to cooperate in the investigation.

Rep. Jim Jordan (Republican from Ohio), was a Trump ally on Capitol Hill. He sent Meadows a presentation by a former Pentagon official, which recommended that Vice President Mike Pence ignore some of the electoral results of Jan. 6.

"Mr. Jordan sent the text to Mr. Meadows and Mr. Meadows knew it was a forward," Russell Dye, Jordan's spokesman, told ABC News.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) displayed the message at the meeting of the committee last week.

Ali Alexander, a leader of the conservative "Stop the Steal", movement, told congressional investigators that he had interacted with several members of Congress during the Capitol riot.

Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks confirmed that he had received a message purportingly from Alexander, but denied any involvement in the organizing of the Capitol protests. He called the message "100% benign"

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Republican from Illinois), told ABC's "This Week," co-anchor Jonathan Karl, that it was possible that some GOP colleagues were behind the attack. He suggested that they should appear before the Jan.6 committee.

He stated, "Nobody, whether a member of Congress or a former president, in America, is above the law."

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