On Tuesday morning, FBI agents approached Republican Rep. Scott Perry, handed him a warrant, and confiscated his personal cell phone. This comes just one day after the FBI raided President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Perry, a loyal Trump ally, gave a statement to Fox News:
“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. 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.”
“As with President Trump last night, DOJ chose this unnecessary and aggressive action instead of simply contacting my attorneys,” added the Pennsylvanian Congressman. “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 is a five-term congressman and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, as well as current chairman. He has been targeted lately by the January 6 House select committee due to his frequent communications with the White House in the weeks leading up to the Capitol protests.
Rep. Perry was not told why his phone was confiscated, and the Justice Department has not responded to Fox News’ request for comment.