January 6 Live Hearing: Focus is on Trump’s effort to corrupt the Justice Department

A far-right conservative House member and House Freedom Caucus leader, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., has been one of Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress.

As the Jan. 6 committee explained on Thursday, that support continued after the 2020 election, when he was among Republicans who met with Trump at the White House on Dec. 21, 2020, on how to continue to challenge Joe Biden’s victory and to assert his claims. electoral fraud.

The next day, Perry introduced Jeffery Clark to Trump in a meeting at the White House. Clark did not work on election issues at the Justice Department and he met with the president without the knowledge of his superiors in violation of DOJ rules.

“So for criminal cases, policy has long been the only one the deputy attorney general’s attorney general on the DOJ side can have … conversations with the White House,” said then-acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen. , told the committee.

Why was Clark recommended? Here’s how Rudy Giuliani explained it, in his recorded interview with the committee: “I remember telling people that someone should be put in charge of the Ministry of Justice who is not afraid of what is going to be done. for their reputation.

Richard Donoghue, the acting deputy attorney general at the time, said Perry wanted Clark to “take over” the Justice Department and pushed Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff and his former colleague from the House, get there.

-Benjamin Siegel of ABC News

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