In a blow to the special counsel’s office, a federal appeals court has blocked their access to phone records seized from Representative Scott Perry, a staunch Trump ally. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Tuesday that overturns parts of a lower court decision granting the special counsel’s team access to approximately 2,000 records from Perry’s phone. Though the details of the appeals court ruling are currently sealed, a summary judgement posted in the docket indicates that the judges sent the case back to the lower court to “apply the correct standard” to Perry’s records.
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This is great news for Representative Perry and those who believe in election integrity. Perry’s phone was seized by federal law enforcement officers in connection with the investigation into former President Trump’s objections to the 2020 election. As a member of the Freedom Caucus, Perry strongly objected to the electoral certification on January 6, 2021, and holds the belief, like the former president, that the election was not conducted in a fair and transparent manner. It is clear that this attempt to access his phone records is nothing more than an attempt to silence a strong Trump supporter and undermine the rightful concerns about election integrity.
While this ruling represents a setback for the special counsel, the battle over Perry’s phone records is far from over. The lower court judge has been instructed to review Perry’s privilege arguments and determine whether investigators can examine his communications with individuals outside the federal government, members of the Executive Branch, and other Members of Congress regarding alleged election fraud. This decision could give Perry’s defense a stronger legal position, as it raises questions about whether his records should be included in the special counsel probe at all.
It is important to note that Representative Perry’s communications with executive branch officials were simply a proactive effort to address the Trump team’s concerns about widespread voter fraud. Judge Beryl Howell, known for her liberal leanings, previously allowed investigators to review the material, describing Perry’s communications as “proactive, persistent and protracted.” It is clear that this is yet another attempt to smear a conservative voice and undermine efforts to ensure the integrity of our elections.
This ruling serves as a reminder that conservatives must continue to fight for their rights and liberties in the face of a partisan investigation. We cannot allow the special counsel to trample on the constitutional rights of individuals simply because they hold differing political views. The battle for justice and fairness continues, and we stand firmly behind Representative Scott Perry in his fight against this overreach of power.