Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) — a Trump coup plot c0-conspirator — is upset that the FBI seized his phone on Tuesday, telling NBC News, “I’m outraged.” Perry was reportedly approached by several federal officers who served him with a warrant.
“This morning while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone,” Perry said in a statement.
Just a day after the FBI executed a search warrant at ex-President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in its investigation into purloined classified White House documents (and caused a MAGA meltdown), Perry criticized the seizure of his property. He whined about personal information on the device, claiming he would have handed it over if investigators had just asked.
“They made no attempts to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish. My phone contains info about my legislative and political activity, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents and friends – none of this is government business,” Perry claimed.
Except that it is government business when you’re accused of trying to overthrow a free and fair election.
Rep. Perry has been mentioned in public hearings surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, with testimony presented that he urged the then-President to continue fighting the results of the election that he clearly lost and is one of several House Republicans who allegedly asked Trump for a pardon.
Former Trump administration officials gave detailed testimony back in June that Perry encouraged Trump to replace former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a plan to install the former Justice Department official in a move that would have mirrored Watergate’s Saturday Night Massacre.
“The plan to install Jeffrey Clark, an environmental attorney originally from Philadelphia, as acting attorney general ‘may very well have spiraled us into a constitutional crisis,’ testified Richard Donoghue, who was then the second-ranking official at the Justice Department and threatened to resign,” The Philadephia Inquirer reported.
According to The Inquirer, the Philadelphia congressman also pushed wild conspiracy theories.
Despite his role in one of the largest attacks on this country’s democracy, Perry is taking a play out of the ex-president’s playbook and accusing the Justice Department of persecuting “law-abiding Citizens.”
“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,” Congressman Perry complained.
No congressman, it’s called accountability – and the bill is coming due.
Original reporting by WGAL News 8 and by Jeremy Roebuck, Jonathan Tamari, Chris Brennan, and Andrew Seidman at The Philadephia Inquirer.
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