Well, now. Isn’t this interesting? As we reported in August, the FBI seized the cellphone of Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry, a fierce Trump ally and head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, the day after the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s personal residence at Mar-a-Lago.
My how things change — when you regain the majority in the House of Representatives.
Perry told ABC News “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he might seek to participate on a new House committee to investigate the FBI and other federal agencies, including the same investigators who investigated him. Karma? What goes around, comes around? Or something else?
As I reported on Saturday, McCarthy agreed — as part of negotiations to secure the requisite number of votes to win the gavel — to organize a Church-style committee to investigate alleged abuses by the FBI, National Security Council, CIA, and the FBI in recent years.
As reported by Reuters, Perry, like Trump, has insisted that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from Trump through widespread voter fraud. However, Perry told Stephanopoulos he doesn’t see a conflict of interest if he participates in a congressional investigation of the FBI.
Why should I be limited? Why should anybody be limited just because someone has made an accusation? Everybody in America is innocent until proven otherwise. […]
I get accused of all kinds of things every single day, as does every member that serves in the public eye. But that doesn’t stop you from doing your job. It is our duty. And it is my duty.
Not to nitpick, but Perry wasn’t simply accused of things — a timeline of his texts with former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows shows the Freedom Caucus chair worked to overturn the election, including by setting up a “cyber team.” Meadows turned over the texts to the Jan. 6 Committee during its “investigation.”
So here’s the question:
Should Perry recuse himself from an investigation of the FBI and other federal agencies because he continued to insist that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump? Or should he participate on the committee if asked to do so?
Seems to me that if Trump is “allowed” to run for the presidency, Perry shouldn’t be kept off a committee to investigate the investigators who investigated him.