Trump ally Scott Perry says that the FBI seized his phone the day after brokers raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.
The Republican congressman from Pennsylvania instructed Fox Information that federal brokers approached him on Tuesday with a warrant and demanded that he hand over the phone.
“This morning, whereas touring with my household, 3 FBI brokers visited me and seized my cell phone. They made no try to contact my lawyer, who would have made preparations for them to have my phone if that was their want,” Mr Perry stated.
“I’m outraged — although not stunned — that the FBI below the route of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress. My phone accommodates data about my legislative and political actions, and private/personal discussions with my spouse, household, constituents, and mates. None of that is the federal government’s enterprise.”
Mr Perry, in keeping with Rep Liz Cheney, is likely one of the Republicans who contacted the White Home within the weeks after the January 6 riot to allegedly search a pardon. Mr Perry has strongly denied this.
In a press release on 12 Might, the choose committee stated Mr Perry “was immediately concerned with efforts to deprave the Division of Justice and set up Jeffrey Clark as appearing Legal professional Normal.”
The committee additionally stated that “as well as, Mr Perry had numerous communications with the White Home about quite a few issues related to the Choose Committee’s investigation, together with allegations that Dominion voting machines had been corrupted.”
Throughout its 23 June listening to, the committee claimed that Mr Perry texted then-White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows asking that Jeffrey Clark be elevated to Legal professional Normal earlier than January 6.
Mr Perry has been a vocal supporter of the previous president’s debunked claims of electoral fraud inflicting his 2020 defeat to Joe Biden.
In his assertion, he added that “as with President Trump final evening, DOJ selected this pointless and aggressive motion as a substitute of merely contacting my attorneys. These sorts of banana republic ways ought to concern each Citizen — particularly contemplating the choice earlier than Congress this week to rent 87,000 new IRS brokers to additional persecute law-abiding Residents.”