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May 13, 2022

Representative Scott Perry Subpoenaed!

From The Committee chair Rep. Bennie G. Thompson::

The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on January 6th and the events leading up to it. Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily. Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we’re forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th. We urge our colleagues to comply with the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have done.

One of those colleagues is Rep Scott Perry of PA:

Representative Scott Perry was directly involved with efforts to corrupt the Department of Justice and install Jeffrey Clark as acting Attorney General. In addition, Mr. Perry had various communications with the White House about a number of matters relevant to the Select Committee’s investigation, including allegations that Dominion voting machines had been corrupted.

The link above leads to the letter The Select Committee sent to Perry saying that since he "declined voluntary cooperation" they were "left with no choice but to issue you this subpoena." 

What The Select Committee is looking for is contained in the first letter they sent:

  • We have received evidence from multiple witnesses that you had an important role in the efforts to install Mr. Clark as acting Attorney General. Acting Attorney General Rosen and acting Deputy Attorney General Donoghue have provided evidence regarding these issues, and we have received evidence that others who worked with Mr. Clark were aware of these plans. 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.
  • 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.

We blogged on Perry/Rosen before - last December 17, in fact. In it I quote this piece from the NYTimes:

Mr. Trump had been handing out Mr. Donoghue’s cellphone number so that people could pass on rumors of election fraud. Who could be calling him now?

It turned out to be a member of Congress: Representative Scott Perry, Republican of Pennsylvania, who began pressing the president’s case. Mr. Perry said he had compiled a dossier of voter fraud allegations that the department needed to vet. Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department lawyer who had found favor with Mr. Trump, could “do something” about the president’s claims, Mr. Perry said, even if others in the department would not.

The message was delivered by an obscure lawmaker who was doing Mr. Trump’s bidding. Justice Department officials viewed it as outrageous political pressure from a White House that had become consumed by conspiracy theories.

It was also one example of how a half-dozen right-wing members of Congress became key foot soldiers in Mr. Trump’s effort to overturn the election, according to dozens of interviews and a review of hundreds of pages of congressional testimony about the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The clear implication here is that Trump gave Perry Donoghue's cellphone number. After that the reporting is clear that Perry passed on some (fraudulent, of course) "voter fraud allegations" for Donoghue to give to Jeffrey Clark and so on.

The Times also reported that

On Nov. 9, two days after The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Biden, crisis meetings were underway at Trump campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Perry and Mr. Jordan huddled with senior White House officials, including Mr. Meadows; Stephen Miller, a top Trump adviser; Bill Stepien, the campaign manager; and Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary.

According to two people familiar with the meetings, which have not been previously reported, the group settled on a strategy that would become a blueprint for Mr. Trump’s supporters in Congress: Hammer home the idea that the election was tainted, announce legal actions being taken by the campaign, and bolster the case with allegations of fraud.

Perry was involved in the plan from the beginning.

But we've known this for a while, haven't we?

Both Perry and Clark are mentioned in that now-infamous Trump phone call to the DOJ.

Hey, there's another PA politician who's mentioned in that call. Did you know that?

Of course you did. It's PA State Senator (and current front runner for the GOP nomination for PA Governor) Doug Mastriano! 

State Senator Mastriano, now that your colleague (and fellow Army War College alum) Rep Scott Perry's been subpoenaed, are you worried that your name will come up in his testimony?

As I wrote in April, whenever you look into the mechanism of Trump's attempted coup for one name (Perry or Mastriano) the other one isn't too far away.

Will you be testifying, Senator?