January 6 hearing live updates: Focus is Trump’s attempt to corrupt the Justice Department

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

As the Jan. 6 committee pointed out, that support continued after the 2020 election, when he was one of the Republicans to meet Trump in the White House on Dec. 21, 2020, on how to continue to contest Joe Biden’s victory and make claims. to do. of voter fraud.

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

“So, for criminal cases, policy has long been the only policy that the Attorney General’s deputy attorney general can have from the DOJ sideā€¦ conversations with the White House,” Jeffrey Rosen, then-acting attorney general the committee said.

Why was Clark recommended? This is how Rudy Giuliani explained it in his taped interview with the commission: “I remember telling people that someone should be put in charge of the Justice Department who is not afraid of what will happen to their reputation. “

Richard Donoghue, then deputy deputy attorney general, said Perry wanted Clark to “take over” the Justice Department, and he pushed Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff and his former House colleague, to make it happen. .

Benjamin Siegel of ABC News

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