FBI agents confiscated the cell phone of Republican Representative Scott Perry on Tuesday, Perry said. He did not say why this happened, but acknowledged that the FBI had filed a court order for the forfeiture.
Perry, a congressman from Pennsylvania since 2013, wasn’t happy with his phone confiscated. “My phone contains information about my legislative and political activities and personal conversations with my wife, family, voters and friends,” he told Fox News. “None of this is the government’s prerogative.”
Perry, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, was the subject of a parliamentary investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters. He helped distribute Trump’s statements about alleged election fraud in 2020 and was in contact with the White House in the weeks leading up to the 2021 Capitol attack. Perry also attended a meeting with the president in December 2020 to discuss options for altering the election results.
In June, at a hearing of the House committee investigating the storming of the Capitol, it was revealed that Perry was one of five Republican members of Congress who had requested a pardon for Trump for their role in a plan to alter the results of the 2020 election. The other four pardons were Moe Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, and Louie Gummert. They would ask for a so-called preemptive pardon, which the president could grant before imposing a sentence or even convicting someone of a crime.
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