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Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Scott Perry said the FBI confiscated his cellphone one day after the agency raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
While speaking to Fox News, Perry said he and his family were traveling on Tuesday when they were approached by three FBI agents who handed him a warrant and requested that he turn over his cellphone.
“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.”
Fox News reported:
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 unproven claims that his 2020 election loss to now-President Biden was due to massive voter fraud.
Perry has been a target of interest of the Democratic-dominated January 6 House select committee that is investigating the deadly 2021 attack on the Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt the congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory. Perry was in communication numerous times with the Trump White House in the days and weeks ahead of the storming of the Capitol.
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
#BREAKING: “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 … that the FBI under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress.” -Rep. Perry pic.twitter.com/yukR099H6w
— Breaking 4 News (@Breaking_4_News) August 9, 2022
Trump revealed on Monday that his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was raided by a “large group” of FBI agents.
The FBI’s unannounced raid was allegedly tied to boxes of classified information that Trump had supposedly taken to his Florida estate.
Trump released a powerful statement immediately after the raid.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said.
“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections,” he added.
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before,” Trump said, alleging that the FBI agents broke into his safe. “What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”
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