Republican Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania declined a request from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to speak with him.
“I decline this entity’s request and will continue to fight the failures of the radical Left who desperately seek distraction from their abject failures of crushing inflation, a humiliating surrender in Afghanistan, and the horrendous crisis they created at our border,” Perry said on Dec. 21 on Twitter.
Perry also claimed that the Committee was “illegitimate, and not duly constituted under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Courts have ruled that the committee was properly established and has investigative powers.
A Committee spokesperson condemned Perry but did not specifically mention if they would issue a subpoena against him, as they have previously done with other officials who refused to cooperate.
“The Select Committee prefers to gather relevant evidence from members cooperatively, but if members with directly relevant information decline to cooperate and instead endeavor to cover up, the Select Committee will consider seeking such information using other tools,” the spokesperson said, according to CNN.
On Dec. 20, the Committee sent a letter to Perry, requesting him to sit for an interview and provide documents relevant to the investigation.
The Committee said in the letter that they wanted to discuss Perry’s “important role” in the efforts to install former Justice Department official as acting attorney general, citing evidence from multiple witnesses.
Perry was the first known sitting member of the Congress to whom the Committee reached out to talk and provide documents for its investigation.
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