Here's what some Yorkers have to say about Rep. Scott Perry and Jan. 6 panel
Earlier last month, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, was subpoenaed by the January 6 House Select Committee investigating the insurrection at the Capitol.
With Perry's refusal to participate in the Committee's deposition, a Politico report showing he met with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the weeks after Election Day 2020 and the special congressional panel revealing he sought a presidential pardon, Yorkers shared their thoughts about Perry's growing national profile connected to the January 6 probe.
Warren Smith III, a resident of York City who recently changed his registration from Democrat to Republican, agrees with Perry that the investigation is a "witch hunt."
"He should refuse to answer any questions or cooperate in any way," he said. "What he and other Republicans should do is Article 25 the sitting president, as it's pretty obvious he is suffering from dementia. Probably will have to wait for the cavalry to arrive in November to clean up that swamp once and for all."
On June 30, 2021, the House voted on House Resolution 503 to create the panel to investigate last year’s riot that resulted in multiple deaths, physical harm to over 140 members of law enforcement, and terror and trauma among staff, institutional employees, press and members of Congress.
In a statement on Twitter, Perry referred to the Select Committee as an "illegitimate body" and alleged that committee members had leaked the subpoena before contacting GOP members.
"That this illegitimate body leaked their latest charade to the media ahead of the contacting targeted Members is proof once again that this political witch hunt is about fabricating headlines and distracting Americans from their abysmal record of running America into the ground."
In January 2021, Perry told radio station WITF he introduced former President Donald Trump to Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark — who, The New York Times reported, was part of Trump’s plan to pressure Georgia to overturn its certified election results. He said he had worked with Clark on “various legislative matters” over the previous four years.
According to a Politico report, after meeting with Perry, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows burned papers in his office. The meeting came in the weeks after Election Day 2020, as Trump and his allies searched for ways to reverse the election results.
State Rep. Mike Jones, R-York Township, said he holds Rep. Perry in very high regard and trusts "his judgment on the matter."
According to a special congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Perry sought a presidential pardon for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.
Jay Ostrich, spokesperson for Congressman Perry said, “This sham committee is a breathtaking abuse of power conjuring up political theater to destroy opponents and distract the American People from the economic and national security nightmare created by one-party rule and the radical Left.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman James Singer said "MAGA GOP" hates the rule of law and democratic values.
Sarah Reinecker, who lives in the 10th Congressional District, said Perry lacks good judgment and that should sound alarms to voters.
"(Congresswoman) Liz Cheney disclosing that Scott Perry asked for a pardon was what stood out to me," she said. "I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that the legislator that Liz Cheney has proven herself to be, for the world to hear on national television prime time, would disclose something like that if the commission that was put together didn't have ironclad evidence that he asked for a pardon."
Benjamin Walker knew from the moment the committee subpoenaed Perry that he would refuse to cooperate.
"He has nothing to gain by it," said Walker, a resident of Springettsbury Township who identifies as an independent democratic socialist. "Doing so would only shine more light on his seditious activities and on his hypocrisy."
Democrat Judith Higgins, a resident of Lower Windsor Township who has run for county commissioner, said there were moments watching the January 6 hearing where she was in tears. "This is so wrong on so many different levels," she said. "Scott Perry refusing to cooperate as a military veteran, he knows better. We swear an oath to protect the constitution -- not a party, not a person."
Democratic candidate Shamaine Daniels, who will face off against Perry in the fall for the 10th Congressional District, said his refusal to testify reflects two things.
"His disdain for American institutions," she said. "And his awareness that his actions leading up to January 6 are not defensible."
Kaity Assaf is a regional news reporter for the USA Today Network. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @kaitythekite or by phone, 717-472-0960. Please support local journalism with a digital subscription.