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Republican Rep. Scott Perry says the FBI seized his phone on Tuesday: 'These kinds of banana republic tactics should concern every Citizen'

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GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania has said that the FBI seized his cell phone on Tuesday.

"This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone. 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," Perry said in a statement, according to Fox News. "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."

The outlet reported that the lawmaker also said in the statement, "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."

Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky shared a link to the Fox News report about the seizure of Perry's phone and remarked, "The Biden regime is out of control."

Former President Donald Trump issued a statement on Monday announcing that the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.

In the statement, Trump declared, "my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents."

"It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections," Trump said in the statement on Monday.

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