“From a friend of Intel: DNI must instruct the NSA to immediately seize and begin searching for Dominion-related international communications,” Perry wrote to Meadows on Nov. 12, just five days after the election was called for Joe Biden.
In the text, which was not previously reported, Perry appears to be urging Meadows to ask then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to order the National Security Agency to investigate denied claims that the machines to vote in the Dominion would have been hacked by China.
Perry, a five-term congressman, is a retired brigadier general with nearly 40 years of military service, including combat missions in Iraq. Given his extensive background, he likely knows the inner workings of government intelligence.
Perry has so far refused to voluntarily cooperate with the House select committee and, in a previous statement, called the committee illegitimate.
Perry on Tuesday declined to answer several questions from CNN on Capitol Hill about his text messages at Meadows.
It’s unclear if Meadows responded to Perry’s Nov. 12 text. A source familiar with the situation told CNN that Meadows had not approached Ratcliffe about what Perry was asking.
Perry wrote to Meadows again on November 12, claiming that “the British” had orchestrated a plot to manipulate voting machines in the United States and that then-CIA Director Gina Haspel was helping to cover it up. .
“And Gina is still running up the hill to cover for the Brits who helped the quarterback through this whole operation,” Perry texted. “DNI must be tasked with auditing its overseas accounts at the CIA – and its National Endowment for Democracy.”
“Why can’t we just work with the Italian government?” Perry wrote. According to text logs, Meadows does not appear to have responded to this message, emails released by the Senate Judiciary Committee last year show he forwarded the same video link to Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen hours later .
Rosen later declined to consider the complaint further and said he “would not give Giuliani or any of his ‘witnesses’ any special treatment,” says an email chat between the prosecutor Acting General and emails from senior DOJ officials.
“Sheer madness,” another former DOJ official, Richard Donoghue, replied to Rosen of the claim.
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“Mr. Perry is the one that comes to mind immediately as I remember him being physically there and I was pushing him away,” Hutchinson said, describing how the Pennsylvania Republican clashed with the attorney. from Trump to the White House over whether the plan for states to submit another voter list was legally valid.
On Nov. 21, Meadows also stopped by Perry to make contact with local lawmakers in his state.
“Can you send me the number for the President and the Leader of the PA Legislature. POTUS wants to chat with them,” Meadows wrote to Perry.
More than a month later, Perry texted Meadows emphasizing an urgent need as Jan. 6 and Biden’s inauguration rapidly approached.
“Mark, I just checked that the clock is still ticking. 11 days to 1/6 and 25 days until the inauguration. We have to go!” he wrote to Meadows on December 26.
On five occasions, according to text messages reviewed by CNN, Perry texted Meadows to request that the conversation move to the “Signal” encrypted messaging app or to alert Meadows to a message he sent on the platform. -encrypted form.
Such a move could put the exchange beyond the reach of the committee because Signal does not collect or store user data, making it more difficult to provide that information to outside entities, including law enforcement and law enforcement agencies. congressional investigators, even under subpoena.
CNN has now confirmed that the message came from Perry.
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Beginning in late December, after senior Justice Department officials refused to intervene in the election process on Trump’s behalf, Perry repeatedly pushed Meadows to install Clark in a leadership position in the department and to give him “the authority to enforce what must be done”. show the texts.
“I get it. I think I get it. Let me work on the assistant position,” Meadows replied.
Almost a week later, Perry texted Meadows again about Clark.
“Please call me as soon as you hang up with Jeff,” Perry wrote to Meadows on Jan. 2, referring to Clark.
In January 2021, Perry admitted to being the connection between Trump and Clark.
Perry’s role in the pressure campaign against Justice Department officials in December 2020 was detailed in a Senate judicial report released last year. But the report also acknowledged that its findings were incomplete, listing Perry as one of three Trump allies whose ties to Jan. 6 required further investigation by the House selection panel. The committee asked Perry to speak to them voluntarily, but Perry has so far refused.
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic member of the committee investigating the insurgency, told CNN they haven’t ruled out issuing subpoenas to lawmakers, including Perry. Lofgren noted that because Perry has sworn to uphold the Constitution as a congressman, he is “legally obligated” to speak to the committee.
“We could do a variety of things to try to coerce, but the main thing is that he should come in and not try to hide the truth,” Lofgren said. “We have to get to the bottom of it to protect our Constitution and our system of government.”
This story was updated with additional details on Tuesday.