Washington: A prominent Republican whose phone was seized as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election said Sunday he may seek to serve on a new House panel that will investigate those same federal investigators.
Congressman Scott Perry of Pennsylvania is an ally of former President Donald Trump who helped spread Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud.
The FBI seized his phone in August, apparently as part of an investigation into efforts to nullify the election.
But Perry told ABC News This week show Sunday that he does not believe it would be a conflict of interest for him to participate in an FBI investigation in Congress.
“I get accused of all sorts of things every day, just like all the members who are out in the public eye,” he said. “But that doesn’t stop you from doing your job. It is our duty. And it is my duty.
Congressman Jim Jordan and other Republicans who now hold a narrow majority in the US House of Representatives have said they intend to establish a special select committee that will investigate the so-called “weaponry” of the federal government.
The committee’s creation is one of many concessions House Speaker Kevin McCarthy agreed to as part of a deal to end a week-long deadlock over his candidacy by a group of hardline lawmakers. , including Perry, who leads the Freedom Caucus. .
The Justice Department, which has two ongoing investigations into Trump’s actions in the 2020 election and his withholding of highly classified documents after he left the White House in 2021, will be the target of the new House committee’s probe.