Republican Rep. Scott Perry tears into Liz Cheney’s ‘ludicrous lie’ he sought a presidential pardon
Pennsylvania Republican Representative Scott Perry flatly denies Representative Liz Cheney’s claim that he sought a pardon from former President Donald Trump after the Capitol riots — calling it a “lie,” even as the Jan. 6 committee chair said his panel could fall back on her claims.
“This is a laughable, ridiculous and thoroughly soulless lie,” Perry’s spokesman Jay Ostrich said.
Cheney, one of two Republicans to serve on the House select committee, called Perry by name in her opening summary of what the panel will show during the series of hearings, which began prime time Thursday.
She began by bringing up Perry’s role in trying to have Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark installed as acting attorney general — a move the panel described as one of a seven-part plan to undo the election. to make.
Perry has already been revealed in texts that he brought up Clark’s name as part of an effort to install a Trump loyalist over acting AG Jeffrey Rosen. The idea brought with it threats of mass resignation.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) dismissed Liz Cheney’s claim that he sought a presidential pardon as a “ridiculous and a thoroughly soulless lie” in a comment from his spokesman
Representative Scott Perry, who was also involved in trying to appoint Clark as attorney general, has declined to testify. As you will see, Representative Perry contacted the White House weeks after January 6 to request a presidential pardon.”
“Several other congressional Republicans also asked for presidential pardons for their role in undoing the 2020 election,” she said.
It was just one of the times the question of pardon came up, following previous press releases that lawmakers asked for a general pardon from Trump before he left office.
The committee also played video of testimony from Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who himself called a pardon while describing threats by former White House adviser Pat Cipollone to resign, which Kushner described as “nagging.”
“Like I said, my interest at the time was to get as much pardon as possible,” Kushner testified in the clip played by the committee.
“And I know he and the team always said, we’re going to step down, we won’t be there if this happens, if that happens. So I took it just to whine, to be honest,” he said.
The comments suggest additional testimony from Kushner in his role late in the Trump administration, helping to vet and push through pardons.
Trump was pardoned in his final months in office, pardoning former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former adviser Roger Stone.
Cheney did not support her statement during her presentation.
But panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) shared: CNN: ‘We have documentation’ of Republicans seeking Trump’s pardon. “That will come out during our hearings,” he added.
Clark has previously admitted to introducing Trump to Clark, and he appears in numerous texts handed over by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows discussing the attempt to nullify the election.
The retired brigadier general wrote to Meadows Nov. 12, 2020: “From an Intel friend: DNI must order the NSA to immediately seize and begin international communications related to Dominion,” referring to the voting machine company that became the subject of a conspiracy theory .
“Mark, you need to call Jeff. I just called him and he explained to me why the chief deputy doesn’t want to work with the FBI specifically,” Perry Meadows texted Dec. 26, 2020.
Cheney also made a series of comments centering on Trump overseeing what she called an “advanced seven-part plan to nullify the 2020 election and prevent the transition of presidential power.”
She has not worked out all aspects of the plan, but the committee leaked it shortly after the hearing.
According to CNNthe plan consisted of the following:
President Trump made a huge effort to spread false and fraudulent information to the American public, claiming that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
President Trump had corruptly planned to replace the acting attorney general so that the Justice Department would back up his false election claims.
President Trump corruptly pressured Vice President Pence to refuse to count certified electoral votes, in violation of the US Constitution and the law.
President Trump pressured corrupt state election officials and state lawmakers to change the election results.
President Trump’s legal team and other Trump associates have ordered Republicans in multiple states to create false electoral lists and forward them to Congress and the National Archives.
President Trump called and gathered a violent crowd in Washington and ordered them to march to the United States Capitol.
While the violence was ongoing, President Trump ignored multiple requests for help and took no immediate action to end the violence and instruct his supporters to leave the Capitol.”