On Monday, the FBI raided the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate and, according to Trump supporter Scott Perry, seized his phone. The congressman claimed to Fox News that FBI officials asked him to give them his phone while he was on vacation with his family.
“This morning, while I was traveling with my family, I was contacted by three FBI agents who confiscated my cell phone. They didn’t bother to contact my lawyer, who would have arranged for them to access my phone if that was what they wanted.”
Perry said he was outraged by the action and criticized the Justice Department. Additionally, he said his phone carries legislative, political and personal information that “doesn’t concern the government”:
“I am appalled, but not shocked, that the FBI, at the behest of Justice Department Merrick Garland, seized the phone of a sitting member of Congress. My phone contains information about my legislative and political activities as well as personal/private conversations with my wife, family and friends. That is none of the government’s concern.”
Before the FBI took action, Rep. Liz Cheney said Perry called the White House immediately after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 to seek a pardon. The Republican, however, angrily disputed that claim.
In its May report on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a House select committee accused Scott Perry of being “directly involved in efforts to corrupt the Justice Department and install Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general.”
In addition, the committee alleged that Perry had previously communicated with the White House about matters related to the House Committee’s ongoing Capitol Riot investigation. The message also included “allegations that Dominion’s voting equipment was compromised.” The committee also accused Perry of sending a text message to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows inquiring about the possibility of appointing Jeffrey Clark as attorney general before Jan. 6.
All about Scott Perry
Scott Perry is an American politician representing the 10th congressional district of Pennsylvania. Born May 27, 1962, in San Diego, he moved to Dillsburg when he was seven years old. In 1980, he graduated from Northern High School in Dillsburg and then from Cumberland-Perry Vocational-Technical School. Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1991. In 2012, he earned a master’s degree in strategic planning from the United States Army War College. According to his official biography, Perry’s first job was picking fruit at Ashcombe Farm near Mechanicsburg when he was 13 years old.
In addition to working as a draftsman, mechanic, dock worker and licensed insurance agent, the native Californian also pursued a number of other occupations. In 1993, he and his mother started their own mechanical contracting company, Hydrotech Mechanical Services Inc. Scott Perry began his military service in 1980 when he joined the Army. He received basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and specialized training in technical drafting at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
He was also a valedictorian of Pennsylvania’s Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery. Perry qualified as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force and advanced through numerous positions, including executive officer of the 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2002-2003), commander of the 2nd Battalion (General Support) and 104th Airlift regiment in 2008.
Between 2009 and 2010, the 60-year-old also went 2-104. general support aviation battalion in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a member of Task Force Diablo and participated in approximately 44 combat missions. Before becoming commander of the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Range, he was promoted to colonel in 2011. He was eventually selected to attend the United States Army War College, where he earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. In 2014, Scott Perry was promoted to brigadier general and began acting as assistant division commander of the 28th Infantry Division. Then-Brigadier General Perry resigned in 2019 after serving as assistant adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Rise in politics
Between 2013 and 2017, Perry served as Congressman for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District as part of his political career. In 2018, he was also re-elected to the 10th congressional district in Pennsylvania.
2135 pages a day, people. I have to go through it to know what’s in it, right, Speaker Pelosi? The American people deserve better than this sham process. #Reconciliation bill #BuildBackBroke #BidensAmerica pic.twitter.com/T51iS0mN5J
— RepScottPerry (@RepScottPerry) November 4, 2021
During his tenure as a Pennsylvania state representative, Perry reportedly developed a reputation for defending the interests of Harrisburg taxpayers. Appointments were made to the Committees for the distribution of funds, Consumer Affairs, Labor Relations, Defense Affairs, Emergency Preparedness and Rules. Scott Perry is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives. In addition, he was elected chairman of the Freedom Club of the House.
He even chaired the Carroll Township Planning Commission and the Dillsburg Area Well Protection Advisory Board. The representative is also a member of the City’s Spring Water Protection Committee and the Dillsburg Revitalization Committee.