Scott Perry Hands Over More Than 1.600 Messages As Evidence Against Trump

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.20 - 2023 3:21 PM CET

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Scott Perry Hands Over More Than 1.600 Messages As Evidence Against Trump.

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In a significant development in the ongoing investigation into the 2020 presidential election, Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry has been ordered to surrender over 1,600 messages from his cell phone. These communications, comprising texts and emails, are now in the hands of Special Counsel Jack Smith's office.

According to Newsweek, this move follows a ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who dismissed the claim that these messages were protected under the U.S. Constitution's "speech or debate" clause.

The clause, typically shielding members of Congress from being questioned in criminal probes about their legislative activities, was deemed inapplicable in this case. Perry, who leads the House Freedom Caucus, had his phone confiscated by the FBI in August 2022. The seizure was part of the broader investigation into efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election.

Allegations suggest Perry was actively involved in discussions with former President Donald Trump, particularly regarding the appointment of Jeffrey Clark as attorney general. This move was purportedly aimed at bolstering the unfounded claims of election fraud during the final weeks of Trump's term.

Trump, who has faced four federal charges related to the 2020 election and the events leading to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, has pleaded not guilty. The investigation continues to probe other Republican figures potentially involved in the scheme to obstruct Joe Biden's presidential ascension.

Legal experts and commentators have weighed in on the development. Harry Litman, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, remarked on social media about the potential gravity of the texts, suggesting they could be highly incendiary. Tristan Snell, a former assistant attorney general for New York, noted the significance of these records being handed over to the Department of Justice's Special Counsel.

The decision to release Perry's messages follows a similar ruling by former Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell, who had earlier ordered the handover of 2,055 documents from Perry. Judge Boasberg's review led to the decision to release 1,659 of these communications, withholding 396. As of now, Perry has not been charged with any crime in connection with the 2020 election investigation.

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack identified Perry among several Republican Congress members who allegedly sought pardons from Trump before he left office in 2021, a claim Perry has denied. This latest development adds another layer to the complex investigation into the events surrounding the 2020 election and its aftermath, highlighting the ongoing efforts to uncover the truth behind the attempts to challenge the election results.

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