Jun 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Liz Cheney says GOP Rep. Perry asked White House for Trump pardon

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.)

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.). Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, said during the Jan. 6 hearing on Thursday that Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) contacted the Trump White House for a presidential pardon in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack.

Why it matters: The committee has spent the better part of a year gathering documents and testimony about what went on before, during and after the attack, with the hearings aimed at presenting that information to the public.

  • "As you will see, Rep. Perry contacted the White House in the weeks after Jan. 6 to seek a presidential pardon," Cheney said.

The other side: Perry spokesperson Jay Ostrich told Axios that Cheney's allegation was "Laughable, ludicrous and a thoroughly soulless lie."

Cheney added: "Multiple other Republican congressmen also sought presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn the 2020 election."

  • Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) were previously reported as having made efforts to secure presidential pardons.

The backdrop: The committee requested voluntary testimony from, and later subpoenaed, Perry, who repeatedly declined to testify.

  • The panel has cited Perry's efforts to install Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, a steadfast advocate of former President Trump's unfounded claims the 2020 election was stolen, as acting attorney general.
  • Perry, the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, also led the objection to counting Pennsylvania's electoral votes after the Jan. 6 attack.

What to watch: Perry will likely be a central player in the committee's third hearing next Wednesday, which Cheney said will focus on Trump's efforts to replace leadership at the Justice Department.

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