Officials with federal law enforcement have reportedly “delivered subpoenas or paid visits” to quite a few different Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers over the course of this week in the wake of their surprise raid against former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence at Mar-a-Lago.
It has been reported by PennLive that at least some of the state lawmakers who were issued these subpoenas were told that they were not the main targets of any investigations.
This run-in with federal police seemed to be focused around U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and various alleged efforts to make use of fake pro-Trump electors in order to give the state’s electoral votes over to the former president so that he could stay in power, as reported by PennLive.
FBI agents confiscated Perry’s personal phone this week while he was on a trip with his family as part of their criminal investigation into an alleged attempt to try and overthrow the results of the previous presidential election.
“This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone,” explained Perry in a release. “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.”
“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,” he continued. “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.”
FBI agents confiscated a large number of boxes and documents from Trump’s mansion in Florida this past week as they continue with their criminal investigation into allegedly mishandled classified information.
Reportedly, agents were on the property for the entire day and were in plain clothes, which led the houses staff to think that they were agents of the U.S. Secret Service, which is why there had been no leaks in information regarding the execution of the search warrant before it became public knowledge.
The Secret Service security detail for Trump was only told about the raid just before it actually took place. In the wake of the event, Trump has had his lawyers present while he himself has stayed away at his New York City residence.