DOJ Inspector General Rocked by New Investigation – House Republicans Demand Answers on “Seized Cellphone”
By Ben Dutka|August 31, 2022
DOJ Inspector General Rocked by New Investigation – House Republicans Demand Answers on “Seized Cellphone”

Ever since the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has come under heavy scrutiny. Many have accused the government of executing an unnecessary or politically motivated operation.

And while the DOJ has just released pictures of the seized documents, they’re still facing pushback from all sides. And this includes another serious issue regarding a high-ranking member of the GOP.

Now, Republicans are opening a new investigation into Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

This comes after reports that his office was directly involved in examining evidence seized from Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA).

Perry is chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and earlier this month the FBI served him with a warrant for his cellphone. This was part of a federal investigation into alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

However, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has responded with a strongly worded letter and a demand.

According to Jordan, there’s a “serious conflict of interest” involved, because the OIG is reviewing his own department’s actions. Obviously, this is cause for concern for House Republicans.

Via Washington Examiner:

House Judiciary Committee Republicans are opening an investigation into Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz over reports suggesting his office’s involvement in examining a cellphone the FBI seized from Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-PA).

Rep. Jordan has demanded that Horowitz turn over relevant documents and communications, along with a detailed review of the examination of Perry’s phone.

Once again, Republicans have a big problem with how this government agency is conducting its business. And to many citizens, it seems as President Biden’s DOJ is targeting the Party — and not just Donald Trump.

Here’s part of the letter Jordan sent:

Reports indicate that Representative Perry’s phone ‘was imaged after the search,’ creating a forensic copy of the device’s contents — including communications protected by common-law privileges as well as the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause.

The OIG’s assistance to the FBI in imaging Representative Perry’s phone — in addition to posing questions about why the nation’s top law-enforcement agency cannot perform this task itself — raises serious concerns about why you would be willing to sacrifice the OIG’s independence to assist the FBI in advancing such a politically charged matter.

Rep. Perry complained that the DOJ “made no attempt” to contact his lawyer. If they had, they would’ve arranged for them to have the phone.

As it stands, though, they just seized it. And Perry says the phone “contains info about my legislative and political activities” as well as “personal/private discussions” with family and friends.

He finished by saying “none of this is the government’s business.

It’s likely that many citizens will agree with Rep. Perry on this matter. And with the Trump raid grabbing all the headlines, such actions by the DOJ and FBI will absolutely be under the microscope.

Key Takeaways:

  • House Republicans, led by Rep. Jim Jordan, opened an investigation into DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
  • They claim there’s a “serious conflict of interest” in the agency reviewing the seized cellphone of Rep. Scott Perry.
  • Perry says authorities have no right to review the private information kept on the phone.

Source: Washington Examiner

Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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