Oct 26, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Scott Perry drops lawsuit against DOJ over phone data

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Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) has dropped his lawsuit against the federal government requesting the Department of Justice return cell phone data seized by the FBI over the summer.

Driving the news: Lawyers for Perry, who is a close ally of former President Donald Trump and the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss the case without further explanation.

  • Representatives for Perry did not immediately return Axios' request for comment.

Catch up quick: In the lawsuit, Perry had asked a federal judge to order the DOJ to return the phone data and stop searching through it.

  • Perry, after announcing the seizure, said he was "outraged" and that his 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 added.

Context: Perry was involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  • He was allegedly among the House GOP members who requested a pardon from Trump in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, per testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Perry has denied asking for a pardon.
  • The Jan. 6 select committee revealed information indicating Perry was involved in efforts to force the DOJ to investigate Trump's false election fraud claims.
  • The panel also revealed testimony alleging Perry attended a White House meeting at which GOP House members discussed a legal theory that then-Vice President Mike Pence could unilaterally reject electors.

Of note: Perry isn't the only person in Trump's orbit to be visited by federal agents in recent months.

  • In June, FBI agents seized a phone belonging to John Eastman, a lawyer involved in Trump's efforts to subvert the 2020 election results.
  • The DOJ has been leading a criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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