Overturning the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania was an integral part of Donald Trump’s January 6, 2021 attempted coup, and he had a lot of help from Pennsylvania Republicans. Before the hearings resume, here is a refresher on one PA connection brought to light by the Committee:
One key component of the plot involved pressuring the Department of Justice to announce sham “investigations” that would sow doubt in the election results and make it easier for Trump and his team to declare the election invalid. The driving force behind this part of the plot was none other than Pennsylvania Congressman Scott Perry (R-York County).
When then acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen refused to engage with the coup plan, it was Congressman Perry who introduced Donald Trump to a somewhat obscure DOJ official named Jeffrey Clark, who was willing to carry out the plot. Perry then played a leading role in the attempt to replace Rosen with Clark so the coup could continue on schedule.
According to the texts exchanges with then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Scott Perry enthusiastically engaged in this process:
“Mark, just checking in as time continues to count down. 11 days to 1/6 and 25 days to inauguration,” Perry texted. “We gotta get going!”
Perry’s involvement in the January 6 coup attempt, and his refusal to testify about that involvement, has led many to call for either his testimony, or his resignation.
If Perry holds the party line and the Trump line, which appear to be diverging a bit, then it is unlikely that he will testify, and even less likely that he will resign, even if he is charged with a crime. And given his leading role in the events of January 6, criminal charges could be a real possibility.