The House committee investigating the Capitol riot is setting its sights on Rep. Scott Perry, requesting the Republican congressman provide information related to the events of Jan. 6.
Perry had "an important role" in then-President Donald Trump's deliberations about making former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark his new attorney general to investigate alleged instances of fraud following the 2020 election, Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a letter Monday.
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"In addition," Thompson said, "we have information indicating that you communicated at various relevant times with the White House and others involved in other relevant topics, including regarding allegations that the Dominion voting machines had been corrupted."
Thompson told Perry the committee seeks his "voluntary cooperation" in addressing these topics at this time and seeks a meeting with Perry when his schedule allows, proposing Dec. 28, Dec. 29, Jan. 3, or Jan. 4.
"Please let us know whether one of those dates will fit with your schedule. If you are unavailable during that time period, we can arrange a time during the week of January 10th. If it would be preferable to hold this meeting with you in your district, we would also be glad to explore travel arrangements to facilitate that option," the letter adds.
The committee does not go as far as to threaten a subpoena.
The Washington Examiner reached out to a Perry spokesperson for comment.
Perry, who hails from Pennsylvania, was recently elected to be the next chairman of the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultraconservative lawmakers, in November.
Clark, one of the former Trump administration officials subpoenaed by the committee, was found to have drawn up a proposal to intervene in the Georgia certification process, including emailing top Justice Department brass a draft letter, and raised doubts about the election results in other states. Trump is said to have favored replacing Jeffrey Rosen, his acting attorney general, with Clark in order to carry out a more aggressive strategy to challenge President Joe Biden's victory in November.
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However, the former president opted not to dismiss Rosen after he was told during an early January meeting in the Oval Office that top Justice Department officials and White House counsel Pat Cipollone would resign if he went through with the plan, according to a 394-page report released in October by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was based on the testimony of former officials and documents.
The House Jan. 6 committee moved to recommend that Congress hold Clark in contempt for defying the subpoena by refusing to answer questions during a deposition. The panel said it was going to give Clark another opportunity to appear after he sent a letter suggesting he intended to invoke the Fifth Amendment, but a spokesman for the committee said on Dec. 3 that Clark informed it of a "medical condition that [precluded] his participation" in the meeting and that he had "provided ample evidence of his claim."
The committee had originally set a new date of Dec. 16 for the deposition, but it was postponed again due to Clark's medical condition, according to Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell.