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(LifeSiteNews) – A pro-Trump Congressman said that three agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took his cell phone from him on Tuesday while he was traveling with his family.
The seizure comes a day after FBI agents raided the Mar-A-Lago Florida home of President Donald Trump, a decision that has been widely criticized by conservative leaders and commentators and even former liberal Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“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,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) said, according to the Washington Examiner. “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.”
Perry is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and objected to the certification of the election results on January 6, 2021. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee has subpoenaed Perry but he has declined to answer questions.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
SIGN this petition to FBI Director Christopher Wray - condemn this blatant political policing againt former President Trump.
This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
We cannot stand for the complete corruption and weaponization of America's law enforcement, and especially not the FBI. We must stand united, bold, and patriotic — in the name of liberty, the rule of law, and American Greatness.
SEND A BOLD MESSAGE TODAY: WE ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE DESPICABLE FBI RAID ON A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN — AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR AMERICA FIRST!
This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
American patriots will continue standing in the way of the left's attempt at hostile takeover, and will always defend America from her enemies — both foreign and domestic.
SIGN NOW: Our Founding Fathers added their names to the Declaration of Independence, and now more than ever is it important to add your name to the growing list of patriots who uphold our inalienable rights and the promise of self-government.
The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
Stand up against the targeting of private American citizens from FBI raids - we refuse to back down!
P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
Perry’s office further said that “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,” Perry said through a media statement.
Republican colleagues criticized the seizure of Perry’s phone.
Rep. Scott Perry files articles of impeachment against Merrick Garland.
Garland sends the FBI to retrieve his private cell phone.
This is America, and these Gestapo tactics are not welcome. There will be a reckoning. https://t.co/747N6KLdT9
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 9, 2022
“Rep. Scott Perry files articles of impeachment against Merrick Garland. Garland sends the FBI to retrieve his private cell phone. This is America, and these Gestapo tactics are not welcome. There will be a reckoning,” Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted.
“Now Congressman Scott Perry’s phone? The FBI has gone rogue and is doing the dirty work of a communist regime. Who is giving these orders?” Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted.
Now Congressman Scott Perry’s phone?
The FBI has gone rogue and is doing the dirty work of a communist regime.
Who is giving these orders?
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 9, 2022
The House Freedom Caucus also condemned the raid on Trump’s home and the seizure of Perry’s phone. Linking the raid on Trump to the seizure of Perry’s phone, the Caucus wrote the incident “exposes how the Biden Administration has dangerously weaponised the U.S. Justice Department against Democrat political opponents.
“Republicans must match this unprecedented action with an equally historic and powerful oversight effort to root out all abuse and corruption within our federal law enforcement,” continued the Freedom Caucus. “The Biden Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation [sic] will be put under a microscope and examined piece by piece. Corrupt officials must be aggressively cleared out will all possible vigor and speed to restore accountability and transparency in Washington.”