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Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., on Sunday reflected on his experience earlier in the week when FBI agents seized his cell phone following the Mar-a-Lago raid, and said this all serves as a “distraction” from “actionable intelligence” that the Chinese Communist Party is trying to overtake the United States.
The Pennsylvania Republican said he was on vacation with his family, including two young children and his in-laws, when FBI agents showed up and demanded his cell phone for imaging before later returning it.
“Look, we have always supported law enforcement. I always have. We have revered the FBI, but this is an abuse of power. Look, they are using these tactics to intimidate people, coerce people,” he told “Sunday Morning Futures.” Perry said he has nothing to hide, in contrast to “people that BleachBit their phones and hit them with hammers,” referring to Hillary Clinton’s team during her email scandal.
“People that keep the same phone a year and a half after the election aren’t worried about what’s on their phone and so that’s me, but apparently they want to destroy me politically,” Perry added. “Like I said, anybody that doesn’t bend the knee, that isn’t intimidated, that isn’t parroting the narrative is now subject to these kinds of third-world banana republic tactics.”