(Slay News) – Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, told Fox News that the FBI seized his cell phone today.
Perry told Fox News he was traveling with his family when he was approached by three FBI agents who handed him a warrant and told him to hand over his cell phone.
The confiscation by the Feds of the congressman’s personal phone comes one day after FBI agents raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. According to Trump’s lawyer, the FBI removed about a dozen boxes from a basement at Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
“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.
“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,” he said.
NEW: FBI removed about a dozen boxes from a basement at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, according to Trump's lawyer. After Trump gave over 15 boxes earlier this year, federal officials believed he still had more — and his team wasn't telling the whole truth. https://t.co/CWa8Mbq1mg
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 9, 2022
New: The @FBI searched Mar-a-Lago in part because agents believed there was still more classified info there after @USNatArchives earlier retrieved 15 boxes of WH documents from the home.
Agents hauled away ~ 10 more boxes. W/ @learyreports @aviswanatha https://t.co/vX8H2aQOt5
— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) August 9, 2022
EXCLUSIVE – Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania says the FBI has confiscated his cell phone. https://t.co/PsWvIdyXYs
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) August 9, 2022