It has become increasingly apparent that the Justice Department and FBI have become grossly politicized and been weaponized against former President Donald Trump and all who support him, including elected Republican lawmakers at the state and federal levels.
Reports indicate that FBI agents either paid visits or served subpoenas to a number of Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania this week, as well as seized the cellphone of a sitting Republican congressman, PennLive reported.
The alleged subpoenas and seizure are reportedly part of a DOJ investigation into the efforts by Trump and some Republican lawmakers to dispute the results of the 2020 election and, if legal challenges had been successful, put forward an alternate slate of state electors in support of Trump instead of President Joe Biden.
Subpoenas reportedly served on GOP legislators
Multiple unnamed sources told PennLive that FBI agents made contact with several Republican legislators in the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday, with at least some of those individuals being served with subpoenas demanding documents or testimony in the DOJ investigation.
However, official statements from top GOP leaders in the Pennsylvania legislature appeared to decline to either confirm or deny the presence of FBI agents at the state capital or acknowledge if subpoenas had actually been delivered.
At issue here, apparently, are the efforts in December 2020 by some Pennsylvania Republicans to put together an alternate slate of electors who would award the state’s electoral votes to then-President Trump in the event that then-candidate Biden’s purported victory in the state was lawfully overturned.
Congressman’s cellphone seized by FBI
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) had his cellphone seized by FBI agents while out in public with his family on Tuesday, just one day after the FBI had raided former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort residence on Monday, ostensibly in search of classified documents he allegedly took with him when he left the White House.
That seizure was also reportedly linked to the DOJ probe into the alternate elector slate plan, which Perry is alleged to have been closely involved with.
In a statement issued Tuesday by his re-election campaign, Perry said, “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 and, referencing the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, added, “These kinds of banana republic tactics should concern every Citizen.”
Supposedly “not a target,” according to DOJ
In a follow-up post on Wednesday morning, Perry said, “In a discussion with the DOJ, my attorneys were informed that I’m not a target of its investigation.”
“I’ve directed them to cooperate with the Justice Department in order to ensure that it gets the information to which it’s entitled, but to protect information to which it’s not — including communications that are protected under the Speech and Debate Clause of the United States Constitution,” the five-term GOP congressman added.