WASHINGTON– US Rep. Scott Perry said his cellphone was confiscated Tuesday morning by FBI agents carrying a search warrant.
The circumstances of the confiscation were initially unknown. However, Perry was a figure in the congressional investigation into President Donald Trump’s actions leading up to the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
Former senior Justice Department officials have testified that Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, “played an important role” in Trump’s efforts to install Jeffrey Clark — a senior justice official who is pushing Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud — as acting attorney general.
In a statement Tuesday, Perry said three agents visited him while he was out with his family on Tuesday and “seized my cell phone.” He called the action “tactics of the banana republic”.
“They made no attempt to contact my attorney, who would have arranged for them to have my phone if they wished,” Perry said. “I am outraged — if not surprised — that the FBI, led by Merrick Garland’s DOJ, is seizing a sitting congressman’s phone.”
The legislature, representing Pennsylvania’s 10th Circuit, was quoted more than 50 times in a Senate Justice report released in October 2021 detailing how Trump’s efforts to reverse his election defeat to Joe Biden pushed the Justice Department to the brink of Chaos brought and high-ranking officials there and caused it in the White House with threats of resignation.
Perry, who has consistently disputed the validity of Biden’s win in Pennsylvania, said he committed to Trump’s request for an introduction to Clark, the then assistant attorney general, whom Perry knew from independent legislative affairs. The three men continued to discuss their shared concerns about the election, Perry said.
The Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state, and senior justice officials dismissed Perry’s claims.
The Senate report outlined a call Perry made to then-acting Assistant Attorney General Rich Donoghue in December 2020 to say the department was not doing its job related to the election. Perry encouraged Donoghue to reach out to Clark for help because he’s “the guy who could really come in and do something about it,” according to the report.
Perry said his “official communications” with Justice Department officials are consistent with the law.
The Justice Department inspector general conducted a search of Clark’s home in Virginia in June.
Perry slammed the Justice Department’s decision to serve him an arrest warrant as “unnecessary and aggressive action.”
“My phone contains information about my legislative and political activities, as well as personal/private conversations with my wife, family, constituents and friends,” Perry said. None of this is government business.”
The seizure of Scott’s cell phone was first reported by Fox News Channel.
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