Federal agents confiscated the personal cellphone of Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) while he was traveling on Tuesday with his family, the lawmaker says.
“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.”
“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,” he added.
Perry invoked former President Donald Trump, who was raided by the FBI on Monday, in his statement.
“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.”
It’s unclear what the seizing of Perry’s cellphone was related to but Fox News did note that Perry had been a target of the Democrats’ January 6 House select committee because he is a loyal Trump ally who was in frequent contact with the Trump White…