Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) was the first Republican elected official to be called to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. But there's a problem with that — can they count on Perry to tell them the truth?
The Washington Post outlined Perry's long history of lies that began before he ever even ran for Congress.
The report recalled a 2017 Fox report in which when Perry lied that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) somehow created a "massive" data transfer that was a "substantial security threat." The DWS staffer was later cleared of all of Perry's allegations.
Perry also went down the rabbit hole of the so-called Seth Rich conspiracy in which right-wing activists said that he was a victim of
Hillary Clinton. In reality, he was killed in a robbery gone wrong. Fox News was forced to settle a lawsuit over their role in spreading the lies.
That same year, he claimed that the it was all a lie that Puerto Rico didn't have any water or electricity after the hurricane. "You're simply just making this stuff up," Perry claimed, making it seem like a hurricane was some kind of false flag operation. Hurricane Maria was later found to have to nearly 3,000 deaths and his claims, once again, were false.
The following year, Jan. 2018, Perry invented a new conspiracy theory that the 2017 Las Vegas shooter, which resulted in 61 deaths was actually a member of ISIS.
"I smell a rat like a lot of Americans," he said.
Again, the conspiracy theory turned out to be false, as the gunman shot himself and was found by authorities.
Now, the five-term congressman is being called before the House committee for his involvement in spreading the "big lie."
He already denounced the committee's request, saying, "I stand with immense respect for our Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the Americans I represent who know that this entity is illegitimate, and not duly constituted under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. I decline this entity's request and will continue to fight the failures of the radical Left."
The full House voted to create the committee. It's a bipartisan effort. And it wants to know about Perry's involvement in attempting to install Jeffrey Clark at the Justice Department so he could attempt to stop the 2020 election citing a stolen election.
"The Senate report found that Perry, along with Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R), pressured top law enforcement officials to investigate the state's 2020 election results," the Post cited. "According to the report, Perry and Mastriano contacted Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, the Justice Department's second-ranking official, to urge him to investigate Trump's spurious claims of widespread voter fraud."
"It was kind of ludicrous. All these conspiracy theories were running around, and there was no merit to any of them," then federal prosecutor Channing D. Phillips told the Post. "He had his facts wrong, that's all I can say."
Read the full report at the Washington Post.
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Performing an abortion is a felony in Utah after a "trigger" went into effect following the United States Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade, and the bill's sponsor had quite a take on the situation.
Rep. Karianne Lisonbee told reporters at a Capitol press conference about a text message she received urging her to hold men accountable, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday evening.
"I got a text message today saying I should seek to control men’s ejaculations and not women’s pregnancies ... I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen,” Lisonbee said.
The law, which as SB174, was certified by the legislature's general counsel on Friday.
Violating the abortion ban could result in 15 years in prison.
Women in Utah seeking an abortion can travel to the neighboring states of Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
The newspaper reported the story under the headline, "GOP lawmaker says she trusts Utah women to control their ‘intake of semen’ as abortion trigger law goes into effect."
The mysterious person behind the absurd QAnon conspiracy theory is back.
"The anonymous message board user known as 'Q,' whose cryptic announcements spawned the fascist pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, has returned to posting after a nearly two-year hiatus," The Daily Beast reported. "On Friday night, someone with access to Q’s login credentials posted on 8kun, the anarchic internet community where Q last posted in December 2020."
"In QAnon’s telling, Donald Trump was recruited by the military to run for president in 2016 to take down that nefarious 'cabal.' QAnon believers await 'The Storm,' an event in which they believe Trump enemies like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be executed via orders from a military tribunal, or imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay," The Beast reported. "The Q poster followed up with two more messages on Friday night. Asked why they had disappeared for more than a year, they wrote, 'It had to be done this way.'"
Ginni Thomas also appears to believe in the conspiracy theory.
“Remember your oath," one message ominously instructed.
Read the full report.
Historian Michael Beschloss warned the Supreme Court may be risking violence following Friday's court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade.
"This Supreme Court moment defines the word historic," he posted to Twitter when the decision came down.
"Gun safety and abortion rights in one week — this country is changing fast," he noted.
"Today’s Supreme Court decision could have the ultimate historical effect of pushing this country further in direction of some kind of new civil war," he wrote.
\u201cAccording to one of his law clerks, as reported by @nytimes in 1993, Justice Clarence Thomas privately said, \n"The liberals made my life miserable for 43 years, and I'm going to make their lives miserable for 43 years."\u201d— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1656123313
He posted historical photos.
He wrote, "here is the 1896 Supreme Court that gave you the evil decision Plessy v. Ferguson, which told you that racial segregation was constitutional and exalted the false and immoral doctrine of “separate but equal”:
\u201cAnd here is the 1896 Supreme Court that gave you the evil decision Plessy v. Ferguson, which told you that racial segregation was constitutional and exalted the false and immoral doctrine of \u201cseparate but equal\u201d:\u201d— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1656120713