US Representative Scott Perry’s opponent in the November election on Friday called for a criminal investigation related to his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Democrat Shamaine Daniels called for the inquiry less than a day after Perry was accused on national television of seeking a precautionary pardon from former President Donald Trump.
Perry, a Republican from York County, is a close Trump ally and communicated with Trump and his staff as the former president made unsubstantiated claims about a stolen election and plotted to stay in office.
The allegation that Perry apologized to Trump was made by Republican U.S. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming during a public hearing held by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.
A spokesperson for Perry called the allegation a “false”.
A press release from Daniels on Friday morning said “it’s time to start asking some tough questions about Perry, his suitability for public office and whether or not he committed a crime with his role in the insurgency, and the only way to get answers is with a survey.”
In a written statement, Daniels said Perry, who is a veteran, violated oaths to uphold the US Constitution and defend the country against all foreign and domestic enemies.
“What did Perry do to make him think he needed a presidential pardon? Should Rep. Perry have his security clearance revoked? Has he committed a crime against the United States of America? “said his written statement.
“On behalf of the people of Pennsylvania’s Tenth District and all Americans, I demand a criminal investigation of Scott Perry for his role in the January 6 Uprising.”
A spokeswoman for Daniels said Friday morning that she believes a federal criminal investigation is appropriate.
Perry did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment Friday morning.
Daniels, a lawyer and Harrisburg city council member, is running for the 10th congressional district seat currently held by Perry, who is seeking re-election.
The district covers all of Dauphin and parts of Cumberland and York counties.
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