Rep. Scott Perry says FBI seizes his cell phone days after search of Trump house

Rep. Scott Perry says FBI seizes his cell phone days after search of Trump house

The FBI seized his cell earlier in the day, less than 24 hours after federal agents searched former President Donald Trump's home in Florida, said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.

Perry said this morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone.

Perry, a top Trump ally, said the FBI did not attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish. I am outraged and not surprised that the FBI would seize the phone of a sitting member of Congress under the direction of Merrick Garland's DOJ. Perry said his phone contains information about his legislative and political activities, personal private conversations with my wife, family, constituents, and friends, and that he was first reported by Fox News. This is not the government's business. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Perry compared the cell seizure to the FBI's search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday.

DOJ chose to take unnecessary and aggressive action instead of simply contacting my attorney after securing a meeting with President Trump last night. "These kinds of banana republic tactics should concern every Citizen," Perry said.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the search of Trump's residence was linked to the handling of classified material.

The Justice Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the Biden administration were bashed by dozens of GOP lawmakers and officials over the search at Trump's house. The criticism continued Tuesday.

Senate Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said criminals run rampant across our cities but Garland s politicized DOJ is targeting President Trump and Members of Congress. Garland has lost the trust of the American people and will answer for his abusive tactics. Perry has been under scrutiny by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot. He was the first legislator the panel asked to interview and the committee subpoenaed him last year after he refused to answer its request. He later snubbed the subpoena, saying that the committee is illegitimate and that the whole thing is a charade. The panel said it has evidence from multiple witnesses that Perry was involved in efforts to make former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark the acting attorney general during the final months of the Trump administration.

Perry is not the only Trump ally whose phone federal agents have seized. On the same day that authorities executed a search warrant at his home in Virginia, the lawyer John Eastman s phone was seized.

In January 2021, both of the warrants appeared to stem from an investigation by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, three days after The New York Times reported on the extent to which Clark tried to help Trump use the Justice Department to push his bogus claims of election fraud. The inspector general's website states that the office is looking at the role and activity of DOJ and its components in preparing for and responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.