The Perry search warrant indicated that the inspector general’s lab in Northern Virginia could conduct a forensic examination of the seized phone. The inclusion of the inspector general is unusual given the office investigates wrongdoing by Justice Department employees. ペリー, a five-term congressman, has never worked for the department.
The inspector general is the same Justice Department watchdog office that was listed as doing the forensics and other investigative work following June searches of Clark and former Trump attorney John Eastman.
The new details come as Perry and other Republicans criticize federal law enforcement for the search of a sitting congressman’s communications, これ, if they relate to his legislative work, may be protected under the Constitution.
Yet the authorities took precautions not to access information of Perry’s on Tuesday that should be protected, ソースは言った.
Perry’s phone was imaged after the search on Tuesday morning and returned to him soon after. The warrant indicated that federal authorities would need to go back to federal court for a second warrant to access the contents, ソースによると.
イーストマン, Clark and Perry haven’t been charged with any crimes. It is unclear if there is a target of the criminal investigation into political contacts that aided Trump’s post-election pressure campaign, but the DOJ inspector general investigates wrongdoing by employees within the Department of Justice, which Clark was at the time Trump tried to enlist him to push false voting fraud claims. Perry had introduced Clark and Trump.
Other prosecutors who are based in DC at the Justice Department are working on the criminal investigation related to Clark and Eastman, alongside the inspector general’s office, according to several sources familiar with the probe.
This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.