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Judge Orders Rep. Scott Perry To Disclose 1,600 Messages To Federal Prosecutors

via CBS News
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A federal judge ruled that Rep. Scott Perry must disclose over 1,600 emails, text messages, and other communications related to the investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election.

The judge concluded that most of the messages could not be shielded from prosecutors by Perry’s constitutional protections as a member of Congress.

The records could help fill crucial gaps in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation, and Perry has not yet determined whether he will appeal the ruling. (Trending: FBI Bribery Probe Caught Joe Biden’s Brother On Tape)

The ruling largely endorses a previous ruling that Perry was required to disclose the communications, as they were not covered by the “speech or debate” clause.

“Perry appealed Howell’s ruling in January, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals quickly halted her decision, considering the matter for another eight months before ruling that Howell had gone too far,” the report noted.

“Instead, the circuit ordered Boasberg — who by then had succeeded Howell as chief of the Washington, D.C. district court — to review all 2,055 emails Perry was attempting to shield and decide whether they could be disclosed.”

“Boasberg ultimately agreed that nearly all of Howell’s initial determinations were correct. While some of Perry’s contacts with executive branch officials or outside allies related to his legitimate work as a legislator, the vast majority, he determined, were ‘non-legislative’ communications that could not be shielded from investigators,” the report added.

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