Fox News reported that Perry was confronted by three FBI agents with a warrant to confiscate his cell phone when he was on vacation with his family on Tuesday.
“This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone,” Perry declared in a statement released 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.”
Perry has also criticised U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland over his leadership of 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.
Perry said his phone was taken the day after Monday's FBI raid on the Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. Perry added:
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.
While no reason for the confiscation of Perry's cell phone has been disclosed, the Philadelphia congressman has been the target of the Democratic-led Jan. 6 Committee for months.
Perry is the very first House member that the committee wanted testimony and records from, which included the entire set of “relevant or electronic or other communications” Perry had with Trump and his legal team.