FBI Confiscates Phone of Congressman Scott Perry
Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania says that the FBI has seized his cellphone.
Perry, in an exclusive statement to Fox News on Tuesday, said that while traveling with his family earlier in the day, he was approached by three FBI agents who handed him a warrant and requested that he turn over his cellphone.
EXCLUSIVE – Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania says the FBI has confiscated his cell phone. https://t.co/PsWvIdyXYs
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) August 9, 2022
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.”
Perry, a five-term congressman and loyal Trump ally, is an original member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and took over as the group’s leader at the beginning of the year. Perry was also a strong supporter of Trump’s repeated claims that his 2020 election loss to now-President Biden was due to massive voter fraud.
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This is America, and these Gestapo tactics are not welcome. There will be a reckoning. https://t.co/747N6KLdT9
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 9, 2022