April 1, 2023

PHONE TAG: Republican coup-plotter does NOT want the DOJ to see what’s on his cell

ON BRAND: This Republican's conflict of interest won't stop him from vindictive investigations

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The Department of Justice has been embroiled in a battle with Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), who has been stonewalling the department’s attempts to gain access to his text records during its still ongoing investigation into the GOP coup conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election, actions that led to the violent attack on the nation’s Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Perry’s phone was seized by the FBI back in August, and despite possession, a second warrant would need to be obtained to view the contents of the imaged copy – and he wants to stop it.

The coup-plotting congressman filed a lawsuit just days after the seizure, causing the battle to be sealed.

Closed-door hearings between the Justice Department and Perry’s legal team have been going on since October in Chief Judge Beryl Howell’s court.

“Perry, according to his lawsuit, tried to hold off federal investigators from accessing his phone data,” CNN reported, “claiming some of it was personal or protected by the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause.”

Speech or Debate is a clause within the Constitution that grants members of both chambers protection from arrest and prosecution except in the most extreme cases, like a felony, breach of the peace, or treason.

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The same argument was recently made by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) while shirking a subpoena from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia’s investigation into meddling by Trump allies into the state’s 2020 election results.

Since the appointment of Jack Smith as special counsel, the DOJ has stepped up its work to bring all those involved accountable, including Rep. Perry, who had a substantial role in the plan.

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Perry was all in on the big lie, echoing Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud, and conspiring with former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.

Then-President Trump wanted to oust the Attorney General and replace them with Clark but abandoned that notion after a mass exodus was threatened by DOJ employees.

With the release of thousands of incriminating text messages to and from former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows recently made public, Perry has even more reason to want to keep the Feds’ hands, or rather eyes, away from his phone communications.

Talking Points Memo gained access to Meadows’ texts, where the seditious lawmaker claimed to have hired a cyber security team, and talked of seizing voting machines.

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Out of the over 400 texts between Meadows and 34 members of Congress, Perry accounts for nearly 20% of them.

The Chairman of the Freedom Caucus, Perry’s desperation reeks of complicity and guilt.

But if the election-denying representative from Pennsylvania thinks he’s gonna get off that easy – he doesn’t know special counsel Jack.

Original reporting by Katelyn Polantz at CNN. 

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Ty Ross

News journalist for Washington Press and Occupy Democrats.

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