Scott Perry, GOP congressman, refuses to cooperate with Jan. 6 investigation committee

WASHINGTON – A Republican congressman who reportedly advised former President Donald Trump's White House on attempts to subvert the 2020 election said Tuesday he would not cooperate with the committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection by Trump supporters.

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., said in a statement that the Jan. 6 committee is "illegitimate" and added: "I decline this entity’s request and will continue to fight the failures of the radical Left who desperately seek distraction."

In a Monday letter, the committee said it wanted to interview Perry about evidence that he advocated the late appointment of an acting attorney general who would presumably investigate false claims of voter fraud in states that Trump lost to President Joe Biden.

The apparent goal: Reverse certification of Biden's wins in those states, or prevent the counting of their electoral votes, enabling Trump to somehow prevail in the Electoral College.

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“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," said the letter from committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

It's the first time the committee has sought information from a sitting member of Congress.

The committee also cited evidence that Perry spoke repeatedly with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the plan to make Jeffrey Clark acting attorney general.

President Donald Trump urges supporters to march to the Capitol at a rally on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Meadows, Clark, and former presidential adviser Steve Bannon have also refused to cooperate with the committee. Bannon faces contempt of Congress charges, and the full House has also recommended prosecution of Meadows.

Trump has also attacked the committee's work.

Hours before Perry's announcement of noncooperation, Trump claimed he would hold a news conference on the Jan. 6 anniversary and renew his allegations of a "rigged" election.

Observers said Perry and others are simply trying to cover up their roles in actions that contributed to the violent events of Jan. 6.

In a tweet, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said: "1-800-Scott-Perry-Should-Call-A-Lawyer."