It would be more surprising if the feds did not seize Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania's cell phone. He's one of the more obvious individuals tied up in trying to overturn the 2020 election.
In one exchange, for example, the Jan. 6 committee previously obtained Perry's text to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Dec. 26, 2020: "Mark, just checking in as time continues to count down. 11 days to 1/6 and 25 days to inauguration. We gotta get going!"
Yeah, he's a bonehead, and now the feds have his phone. Something tells me that he probably hasn't covered his tracks.
"This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone," he said in a statement issued through his office. "They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish."
Sure, buddy. Perry has ignored a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee, so he isn't exactly cooperative.
Perry's attorney, John Rowley — who is also a member of Trump's legal team — did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington declined to comment.
Perry's statement didn't detail what the FBI wanted from his phone, but he has been a figure of interest to congressional investigators probing Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election. Perry, a key ally in that effort, pressed Trump to replace Justice Department leaders and install a little-known official, Jeffrey Clark, atop the department. Clark had signaled support for Trump's effort to call on state legislatures to reconvene and consider appointing "alternate" electors to swing the outcome toward Trump.
This only makes him look guiltier:
Then-chief of staff Mark Meadows burned papers in his office after meeting with Perry, so he's in this up to his eyeballs, too.
It will always baffle me that so many people were willing to throw their lives away for, of all people, Donald J. Trump. I'll never get it.