Representative Scott Perry says the FBI seized his phone while he was traveling

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said three FBI agents approached him while he was traveling with his family on Tuesday and seized his cellphone.

The congressman, a Trump ally who played a key role in promoting the former president’s election fraud allegations, did not explain why federal agents took his phone, but wrote in a statement that the contents of his phone were not “the business of the government”.

Perry said federal law enforcement officers did not attempt to reach his attorneys prior to the seizure, but he wrote in his statement that they would have turned over his phone had they been contacted. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on Tuesday evening.

Representative Scott Perry played a key role in promoting false allegations of fraud

Perry would be the first known congressman to have his phone seized as federal authorities investigate efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“My phone contains information about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents and friends,” Perry wrote in the statement. “As the President [Donald] Trump last night, the DOJ chose this unnecessary and aggressive action over just contacting my attorneys.

Fox News first reported that Perry said officers confiscated his phone.

In June, Perry’s involvement in pushing Trump to overturn the election was part of questioning during congressional hearings during the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. During the hearing, former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen said Perry pressed him to investigate a false claim that an Italian defense contractor had conspired with senior CIA officials to use military satellites to reverse votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

Long before embracing Trump’s false election claims, Rep. Scott Perry promoted baseless theories

Witnesses said Perry helped push an effort to install Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general. Clark played a key role in Trump’s efforts to get law enforcement officials to challenge Biden’s election victory.

And Cassidy Hutchinson, a former special aide to Trump, testified that Perry was among several members of Congress who sought a preemptive pardon from Trump for their activities on the eve of the Jan. 6 violence. Perry denied this allegation.

In June, federal agents seized the cellphone of John Eastman, an attorney who pushed false allegations that mass voter fraud tainted the 2020 election. The same day, they also raided the home of Clark and allegedly took his electronic devices.

Perry said in his statement on Tuesday that he was “outraged” but not “surprised that the FBI, under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, seized the phone of a sitting congressman.”


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