Representative Scott Perry, an ally of former Donald Trump and the current chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, says the FBI seized his cellphone a day after the unprecedented raid by agents on the Mar-a-Lago home of the former President.
The raid had reportedly involved an investigation into the handling of classified documents that may have been brought to Trump’s Palm Beach residence.
But the confiscation of Perry’s phone creates new questions as to the FBI’s intent, as the Pennsylvania Republican has been an ally of the former President in his quest to promote unproven election fraud claims, making him a target of the January 6 House select committee.
“This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone,” Perry said in a statement. “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,” he added.
The FBI has reportedly seized the cell phone of House Freedom Caucus Chair, Scott Perry. Our country is becoming unrecognizable.
The FBI, and the Regime they take marching orders from, are the enemy of the American People. They must be stopped.
DEFUND THE FBI
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) August 9, 2022
Scott Perry’s Cellphone Seized by the FBI
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It’s difficult to ascertain why Scott Perry would be targeted by the FBI and have his cellphone seized one day after a raid on Mar-a-Lago.
Perry has a history of supporting Trump’s claims of election fraud, however, and has been a target of the January 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot.
He also, as Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) points out, has targeted Garland himself, filing articles of impeachment against the Attorney General in October of 2021.
Rep. Scott Perry files articles of impeachment against Merrick Garland.
Garland sends the FBI to retrieve his private cell phone.
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
Perry’s articles of impeachment accuse Garland of having “presided over a reckless and corrosive politicization of the Department of Justice at the expense of our Nation’s children.”
The articles at the time referenced the DOJ’s targeting of parents at school board meetings.
With that information as context, it’s easy to wonder if the seizure of Perry’s cellphone was politically motivated.
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— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) August 9, 2022
Why Did They Target a Sitting Congressman?
Unfortunately, without comment from the FBI at the present time, seizing Representative Scott Perry’s cell phone leads to major speculation.
Perry has repeatedly refused to cooperate with the select committee’s investigation into the January 6 riot, suggesting the anti-Trump panel is “illegitimate.”
The manner and mode of the raid have led conservatives to openly wonder if the FBI isn’t using the search for classified documents as a means to find evidence surrounding the Capitol riot.
Sirius XM podcast host Megyn Kelly expressed skepticism that the Mar-a-Lago raid was about classified documents at all.
“Bullshit – there is no way that’s what they were searching for,” she told listeners. “This is about January 6, and the never-ending desire to get Donald Trump on something.”
“Bullshit – there is no way that’s what they were searching for…This is about January 6, and the never-ending desire to get Donald Trump on something…”@MegynKelly on the FBI raid at Trump’s home. Watch below, and download the FULL show here:https://t.co/F96HgI7HIW pic.twitter.com/s5pA45Vxc5
— The Megyn Kelly Show (@MegynKellyShow) August 10, 2022
Perry suggested Garland’s Justice Department had plunged the United States into “banana republic” territory and noted if they were willing to seize his cellphone and information, and willing to raid a former President’s home, what will they do with their newfound power at the IRS?
The Political Insider reported earlier this week that the so-called Inflation Reduction Act passed by Senate Democrats over the weekend adds $80 billion to the IRS budget for enforcement purposes, allowing them to unleash roughly 87,000 new auditors on low-to-middle income Americans.
“As with President Trump last night, DOJ chose this unnecessary and aggressive action instead of simply contacting my attorneys,” Perry said.
“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.”
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