Representative Scott Perry (R-10) was one of four U.S. Congressmen who were recommended for sanction by the January 6th Select Committee.
The committee sent the names of Perry, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) to the House Ethics Committee for refusing to comply with the January 6th Committee’s subpoena.
Another GOP member who ignored the summons, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), is leaving Congress after this year and will be out of the ethics panel’s reach.
The House Ethics Committee is chaired by Pennsylvania’s Susan Wild (D-07) and is not expected to take action against the members. The panel, which is evenly divided between eight Democrats and Republicans, has the power to impose fines or recommend discipline by the full House. Individual lawmakers can file complaints with the ethics panel for its consideration in the next Congress, but its investigations move slowly.
The quartet was subpoenaed on May 12, 2022, to obtain information related to the Committee’s investigation after declining to assist the Committee voluntarily.
Jay Ostrich, spokesperson for Perry, fired back in a text message after the meeting.
“More games from a petulant and soon-to-be defunct kangaroo court desperate for revenge and struggling to get out from under the weight of its own irrelevancy,” Ostrich said.
Select Committee member Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said the members were called to testify “based on the volume of information” they possessed about Trump’s plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“We understand the gravity of each and every referral we are making today. Just as we understand the magnitude of the crime against democracy that we describe in our report,” Raskin said. “But we have gone where the facts and the law lead us, and inescapably, they lead us here.”
“I certainly hope the Ethics Committee will not regard this as a partisan matter,” he added. “It raises a profound problem that we have to solve for the 117th Congress, the 118th Congress and for all future Congresses.”
The committee also voted 9-0 to approve its final report, which will include findings, interview transcripts and legislative recommendations. The report is expected to be released in full Wednesday.
The panel was formed in the summer of 2021 after Senate Republicans blocked the formation of what would have been a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the insurrection. When that effort failed, the Democratic-controlled House formed an investigative committee of its own.