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Who is Rep. Scott Perry, the Trump ally from Pa. whose phone was seized by the FBI?

Erin McCarthy, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Political News

PHILADELPHIA — You may have been hearing a lot about U.S. Rep Scott Perry in the days since the FBI seized the Pennsylvania Republican’s phone in connection with the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. He also was a central figure in the prime-time hearings of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Perry on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice told him and his attorneys that he is “not a target of its investigation,” though the basis of the search of his cellphone was not immediately clear.

Here’s what you need to know:

Perry, 60, was a Pennsylvania state representative for three terms before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012. Now in his second term on Capitol Hill, he represents Dauphin County, as well as parts of Cumberland and York Counties.

—What committees is Perry on?

Perry is on the U.S. House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Foreign Affairs.

 

He also is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republican lawmakers that became Trump loyalists in recent years.

—How has Perry supported Trump?

Yes, Perry was a major player in Trump’s plan to overturn the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania and pushed the former president’s baseless claims of widespread fraud.

—What is Perry’s role in the Jan. 6 investigation?

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