- Several Republican Pennslyvania lawmakers were subpoenaed by the FBI on Wednesday, per PennLive.
- It’s unclear who was subpoenaed, but the FBI was seeking information regarding Rep. Scott Perry.
- Perry’s phone was seized Tuesday, as the DOJ’s probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election escalates.
The FBI subpoenaed or paid visits to several Republican Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to PennLive, which cited at least six anonymous sources.
It’s unclear which lawmakers were approached and how many, but sources told the news outlet that the subpoenas or visits mainly centered on gathering information about Rep. Scott Perry.
Perry, who is one of the key figures of interest in the Justice Department’s probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, had his phone seized on Tuesday by federal investigators.
Official spokespersons for members of the Pennsylvania Capitol told PennLive that they could not confirm if anyone received a subpoena.
“I am unaware of any FBI presence in the Capitol or Leader Benninghoff’s office yesterday,” Jason Gottesman, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff and the chamber’s Republican caucus, told PennLive. “To the extent House members or staff may have been contacted by the FBI, we would not comment on a potential or ongoing investigation.”
Perry was one of former President Donald Trump’s vehement supporters and backed efforts to overturn the election results, according to the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
In text messages to Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, which were obtained by the panel, Perry said to “immediately seize” Dominion voting machines because he believed the British government and the CIA were conspiring to change the election results.
Witnesses in the January hearings also testified that Perry pushed to appoint Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, as the acting attorney general. Clark was another Trump ally who supported efforts to overturn the election and may have been involved in a plot to use fake electors to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory.
The January 6 panel outlined how Clark helped draft a letter to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, which suggested sending a “separate slate of electors supporting Donald J. Trump.” The letter was never sent.
Perry’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.