The DOJ is investigating efforts to nullify the 2020 election and has answered Rep. Scott Perry seized.
Rep. Adam Schiff said the seizure suggests the department views the bogus electoral plan as criminal.
Perry called the seizure an “abuse of power” on Fox News Sunday.
California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said the Justice Department may consider the GOP’s fake electoral scheme criminal.
The DOJ is investigating Republicans’ efforts to reverse the 2020 election and Rep. Scott Perry, an ally of former President Donald Trump, is apparently a key figure in the investigation.
Perry’s phone was seized on Tuesday and several Pennsylvania lawmakers have been subpoenaed by the FBI seeking information on the Pennsylvania Republican.
The California congressman called the seizure “striking” because “probable cause” of Perry’s crime should have been determined.
“And the fact that it was a telephone from a member of Congress would make the Justice Department all the more certain, or should be sure, that they had the probable cause,” Schiff told CBS News host Margaret Brennan. ‘ “Look at the nation.”
“And that also suggests that the ministry thinks this fake voter plot was a violation of the law, which I definitely think it certainly was. So I think it’s very important. All those aspects,” he added.
Trump allies have been accused of attempting to create alternative voter lists in support of Trump in seven swing states — including Pennsylvania — to undo Biden’s presidential victory.
Perry has said he introduced Trump to Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who believed the election was inaccurate. The Jan. 6 House Select Committee found that Clark, who was trying to place Trump as attorney general, had written a draft unsent letter to officials in six states suggesting that they elect deputy voters.
Perry called the seizure of his phone an “abuse of power” on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“Anyone who doesn’t bend the knee, who isn’t intimidated, who isn’t copying the story, is now subject to this kind of third world banana republic tactic,” he added.
Perry, who was backed by Trump in 2018 and 2020, was the first congressional lawmaker to confiscate his phone during the investigation, The Washington Post reported.
Text messages obtained by the House Select Committee dated Jan. 6 showed that Perry texted then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows five days after President Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election, asking for the voting machines of “immediately confiscate” the Dominion. Perry argued that “the British” and the CIA manipulated the vote.
Former Trump associates said Perry, who is an outspoken proponent of Trump and baseless conspiracy theories, is one of six GOP lawmakers seeking preemptive pardon after the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising.
Perry and Schiff did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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