As many within the Republican Party continue to decry the weaponization of the FBI this week, the Bureau appears to be doing little to assuage those concerns.
The agency conducted an unprecedented raid on the estate of a former President this week, descending upon Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-lago on what they claimed was a quest from the National Archives.
As doubts continue to swirls about that reasoning, (and as the former President grows concerned about the possibility of “planted” evidence), the FBI has now seized the cell phone of a sitting Congressman.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said the FBI seized his cellphone just one day after the raid on former President Donald Trump’s home.
Perry was approached with a warrant for his cellphone by three FBI agents while he was traveling with his family on Tuesday, Fox News reported.
“This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone,” Perry said in a statement to Fox News. “They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish.”
And, what’s more:
Perry also criticized U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for his leadership over the Department of Justice.
“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. 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.”
At a time in which the FBI should be working to rebuild trust with the American electorate, actions such as this will only further tarnish their reputation.
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