Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who is under investigation by the Justice Department in connection with Donald Trump’s attempted insurrection, said Sunday he would personally assist with any GOP-led inquiries into the ongoing Trump-related investigation. (see below).
Perry brushed aside questions about conflicts of interest from This Week host George Stephanopoulos, who asked if he would step down from a Jan. 6-related committee.
“Why should I be restricted?” said Perri. “Why would anyone be restricted just because someone made an allegation? Everyone in America is innocent until proven otherwise.”
Instead of popping a question about whether investigating an investigation he’s involved in constitutes a conflict, Perry attempted to grill the host.
“So should anyone in Congress who disagrees with someone be barred from exercising the oversight and investigative powers that Congress has?” asked Perry.
“I am accused of all sorts of things every day, as is every member who serves in public. But that doesn’t stop you from doing your job. It is our duty and it is my duty.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) asked the Jan. 6 special committee in November to keep its documents, a sign that the new GOP-led House of Representatives is considering the Democratic Party-led committee’s investigation into Trump’s conspiracy to reverse his 2020 election defeat.
Republicans will vote this week on a set of rules that could create a judiciary subcommittee of inquiry: a “Elect the Subcommittee on Arming the Federal Government.”
Perry, a staunch Trump ally who backed a plan to topple President Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, had his phone seized in August during the Justice Department’s investigation into the Capitol riots. He was one of four House Republicans — including McCarthy — who were referred to the House Ethics Committee for defying the Jan. 6 committee subpoenas.
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