US Rep. Scott Perry pushed for then-Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark to take over the department during meetings at the White House in late December 2020 and early January 2021, according to taped testimony by a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows played during Thursday’s House Jan. 6 committee hearing.
“He wanted Mr. Clark – Mr. Jeff Clark to take over the Department of Justice,” Cassidy Hutchinson, the former Meadows aide, says about Perry in the clip.
Hutchinson’s testimony underscores how Perry acted as a conduit between Clark and former President Donald Trump as he sought to enlist the Justice Department in his bid to overturn the 2020 election.
In an April court filing, the committee released text messages between Meadows and Perry showing that a plan was taking shape to overhaul DOJ leadership.
CNN has also previously reported on Perry’s role in efforts to install Clark as attorney general – which Trump nearly did in the days leading up to Jan. 6, 2021.