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Scott Perry says he's 'not a target' of FBI probe amid reports of subpoenas for other Pa. GOP lawmakers

Chris Brennan and Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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PHILADELPHIA — Details remained scarce a day after a news report that several Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg had been subpoenaed this week as part of the federal inquiry into efforts to organize a slate of pro-Trump electors in the 2020 presidential election.

But at least one figure whose name has emerged prominently sought to clarify his role in the probe.

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, one of former President Donald Trump's top allies in Congress, said his attorneys were told by the Department of Justice that he is "not a target of its investigation" after three FBI agents confronted him with a search warrant Tuesday and seized his cellphone.

Perry first disclosed the warrant in a statement Tuesday and expressed outrage that agents approached him as he was traveling with his family instead of contacting his attorneys.

In a subsequent statement Thursday, the York County Republican said he has instructed his attorneys to cooperate with the Justice Department "to ensure 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."

That clause protects members of Congress from being sued for debates they engage in.

 

Perry was one of the leading figures in Pennsylvania pushing to undermine the state's election results and on Jan. 6, 2021, led the charge on the House floor to throw out the state's electoral votes and the will of its voters.

In between, he was in frequent contact with top Trump administration officials at the Justice Department, urging them to investigate debunked conspiracy theories about widespread election fraud. He has also emerged as a key figure in Trump's briefly considered plan to install an attorney general in the Justice Department who was willing to use his office to pressure lawmakers in battleground states that Trump lost to send electors backing him to the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election in Congress.

Meanwhile, The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported Wednesday that FBI subpoenas were delivered to the Capitol offices of several state Republican lawmakers this week. That story did not name any legislator receiving a subpoena.

And staffers for GOP leaders in the state House and Senate had little more to say about them Thursday.

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