Scott Perry is a Republican Representative from Pennsylvania who claims his cellphone was taken by the FBI.
Perry gave an exclusive statement, stating that three FBI agents approached Perry on Tuesday as he was traveling with his family. They issued a warrant for Perry and demanded his cell phone.
The confiscation of the congressman’s personal phone comes one day after FBI agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
“This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone. They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish. I’m outraged — though not surprised — that the FBI under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress,” Perry said in his statement. “My phone contains info about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents, and friends. None of this is the government’s business.”
Perry asserted in his statement that “as with President Trump last night, DOJ chose this unnecessary and aggressive action instead of simply contacting my attorneys. These kinds of banana republic tactics should concern every Citizen — especially considering the decision before Congress this week to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to further persecute law-abiding Citizens.”
We reached out to the FBI for comment but they declined.
Perry, a Trump ally, is a five-term congressman and was an original member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Perry was elected the leader of the group at the beginning of the year.
Perry is a target of the Democratic-dominated January 6, House Select Committee, which is investigating the 2021 attack at the Capitol by right-wing extremists and Trump supporters to stop the congressional certificate of Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Trump announced Monday that the FBI had searched his Florida home in search of material he may have taken during his presidency. Sources say that the National Archives and Records Administration referred the case to the Justice Department. The Justice Department was able to recover 15 boxes of classified material from Trump’s Florida home.