A Republican lawmaker whose phone was seized as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into an attempt to sway the 2020 presidential election said today he will seek to serve on a new House committee investigating federal investigators.
Pennsylvania’s Scott Perry is an ally of former President Donald Trump and has reportedly helped spread false claims that he was “stolen” the victory through widespread fraud. The FBI seized his cell phone in August.
But today Perry told ABC News’ “This Week” that he did not believe it would be a conflict of interest to serve on a committee investigating the FBI. “I get accused of all sorts of things every day, as does any member of the public service. But that doesn’t stop me from doing my job. It is our duty. And it is my duty,” he said.
Rep. Jim Jordan and other Republicans who now control the House have said they plan to form a special committee to investigate the so-called “weaponization of the federal government.” The formation of this Committee is one of the many concessions that Kevin McCarthy made in the context of his agreement with his “trump rebels” in order to be elected Speaker of the House. Perry was one of them.
The Justice Department, which has two ongoing investigations into Trump – one into his actions after the 2020 election and the other into classified documents he took with him when he left the White House in 2021 – will be the target of this of the new parliamentary investigation. The two Trump investigations are being overseen by independent war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith. He was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in November.
Trump has accused, without evidence, the FBI of launching the investigations in political retaliation against him. One of the investigations involves Perry, who is considered a person of interest because he introduced Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, to Trump. Clark sought to be named interim attorney general to begin an investigation into voter fraud, but Trump ultimately decided not to give him the job. Clark’s cell phone was also seized by federal agents last summer.
Perry’s attorney has said his client is not a target of the Justice Department’s investigation.
The House Committee that investigated (when Democrats controlled the House) the January 6, 2021 Capitol invasion reported that Perry and some other Republicans later asked the White House to pardon them for their efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election. Perry, however, denies that he requested such a thing.
Source: News Beast
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