- The DOJ is investigating efforts to nullify the 2020 election and confiscated Rep. Scott Perry’s phone.
- Representative Adam Schiff said the seizure suggests that the department views the fake voter scheme as criminal.
- Perry called the seizure an “abuse of power” over FoxNews Sunday.
The DOJ investigates Republican efforts to nullify the 2020 election and Representative Scott Perry, an ally of former President Donald Trump, is apparently a key figure in the investigation.
The California congressman called the confiscation “striking” because “probable cause” of Perry’s commission of a crime should have been established.
“And the fact that it was a congressman’s phone, I think, would make the Justice Department all the more certain, or need to be certain, that they had probable cause.” , Schiff told presenter Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” from CBS News.
“And it also suggests that the Department thinks this bogus election plot was a violation of the law, which I think it certainly was. So, I think that’s very important. All of that respect,” said he added.
Perry has said he introduced Trump to Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who believed the election was inaccurate. The January 6 House Select Committee found that Clark, who Trump tried to place as attorney general, wrote a draft of a letter not sent to officials in six states suggesting they select alternate voters.
Perry called the seizure of his phone an “abuse of power” on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
“Anyone who doesn’t bend the knee, who isn’t intimidated, who isn’t repeating the narrative, is now subject to these kind of Third World banana republic tactics,” he added.
Perry, who was endorsed by Trump in 2018 and 2020, was the first congressional lawmaker to have his phone seized during the investigation, The Washington Post reported.
Text messages obtained by the House Select Committee on January 6 revealed that Perry texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows five days after President Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election for “immediately seize” Dominion voting machines. Perry argued that “the British” and the CIA manipulated the vote.
Former Trump aides have said that Perry, who has been a strong supporter of Trump and baseless conspiracy theoriesis one of six GOP lawmakers who sought a precautionary pardon after the Capitol riot of January 6.
Perry and Schiff did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.