Rep. Scott Perry will decline to appear before the Jan. 6 commission, the Pennsylvania Republican said Tuesday.

In a series of tweets, Perry wrote, “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 US House of Representatives.”

“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 wrote.

The panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, announced on Monday that he asked Perry to provide information voluntarily for the committee’s investigation into the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, including in a meeting.


In a letter, Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, wrote that multiple witnesses told the panel that Perry “had an important role” in efforts to install former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general as then-President Donald Trump tried to overturn the election.

“We are also aware that you had multiple text and other communications with President Trump’s former Chief of Staff regarding Mr. Clark — and we also have evidence indicating that in that time frame you sent communications to the former Chief of Staff using the encrypted Signal app,” the letter continued.

“In addition, 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 added.


Perry's refusal to comply will likely prompt the committee to issue a subpoena to require his testimony. The panel has recommended other Trump allies to be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with their subpoenas. Should Perry continue to refuse to comply, it will bring the committee into new territory if it votes to hold a sitting member of Congress in contempt.

Trump on Tuesday said he plans to hold a news conference on Jan. 6, 2022, to discuss his claims of election fraud, which are unproven.