On Sunday's episode of Sunday Morning Futures, host Maria Bartiromo spoke with Freedom Caucus Chair and Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry about the FBI recently confiscating his phone, which occurred the day after the agency's raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
"Tyranny is going to come right into everyone's living room very very shortly," Perry said. "This is about intimidating anyone who refuses to bend the knee to the narrative."
On August 9, Perry was traveling with family when he was approached by FBI agents who handed the congressman a warrant and seized his cellphone at the airport.
"A day after the raid on the president's home FBI agents showed up when I was traveling with my family, my wife and our two small children, my in-laws, extended family, showed up and demanded my cell phone they said they were going to image it they were not going to search it and and then they eventually did return it," he said.
Describing how it felt, Perry said, "Well, Maria, it feels awful. Look, we have always supported law enforcement. I always have we have revered the FBI, but this is an abuse of power."
Perry, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is also the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, cooperated and was informed he was not the direct target of the investigation.
"James Comey, the director of the FBI used classified information improperly to get a second special counsel, no, no, no accountability for that," Perry noted among other examples. "Whether it's John Eastman, whether it's Scott Perry, whether it's President Trump, and with passing a bill that will pay for hiring of 87,000 IRS agents, tyranny is going to come right into everyone's living room very, very shortly."
Perry's mention of the IRS is a reference to the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, a 755-page, $739 billion spending plan that will also significantly increase the size of the IRS and create positions for nearly 87,000 new IRS agents, 70,000 of whom will be armed.
"This is an abuse of power," Perry claimed, "and of course you're they're using these taxes tactics to intimidate people to coerce people."
"People that BleachBit their their phones and hit him with hammers, smash them with hammers and those types of things have something to hide. People that keep the same phone a year and a half after the election aren't worried about what's on their phone, and so that's me, but apparently they want to destroy me politically," said Perry.
"Anybody that doesn't bend the knee, that isn't intimidated, that isn't parroting the narrative is now subject to these kind of third world Banana Republic tactics politically," he added.
Perry said that, "the Freedom Caucus stands for the hundreds of millions of Americans who feel like Washington has left them behind, that the people that say one thing in the district and then go back to Washington and don't vote that way. We do exactly what we said we're going to do."
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