Judge orders Scott Perry’s Jan. 6-related emails, text messages be released

Scott Perry

US Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) speaking at the launch of the Pennsylvania House Freedom Caucus on Nov. 28, 2023 in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. (Photo: Sean Kitchen)

By Sean Kitchen

June 10, 2024

The York Dispatch reported on Friday that Congressman Scott Perry’s emails and text messages are one step closer to being released. It is up to a federal court to decide on unsealing the communications.

Congressman Scott Perry’s (R-York) emails and text messages that were seized from his cell phone in August 2022 are one step closer to being released to the public, according to The York Dispatch.

Perry, who played an important role in trying to overturn Pennsylvania’s 2020 election results, had his phone seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the US Department of Justice’s investigation into the events leading up to Jan. 6, 2021.

The York Dispatch, along with Pennlive and the York Daily Record, sued the federal government in October 2022 with the hopes of releasing Perry’s communications to the public, and the outlet reported last week that a series of rulings in April and May “laid the ground for eventual disclosure – subject to redactions.”

Last month, US District Judge Jennifer P. Wilson ordered that the government submit documents with proposed redactions by May 22nd and will not be made public until they’re unsealed by a judge.

Perry, who refused to comment on the original story, is facing his toughest reelection challenge since getting elected to the US House in 2014 and has spent over $300,000 in campaign funds keeping his communications private.

A federal court temporarily unsealed documents containing some of Perry’s emails in an unrelated case last November and they offered a glimpse into Perry’s communications after the 2020 election through Jan. 6, 2020.

The unsealed document shows that Perry initially introduced Sydney Powell, a conspiracy theorist who tried overturning the 2020 election, to Mark Meadows, former president Donald Trump’s former chief of staff.

Perry is running against former Harrisburg area TV news anchor Janelle Stelson for his seventh term in Congress and a recent Franklin and Marshall College poll shows the race between the two to be virtually tied.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide working for Meadows, told WITF last October that Perry played a central role in planning Jan. 6th and implied that the congressman asked for a pardon in the days after the attack on the US Capitol.

“I would implore him to go under oath to dispute whether or not he asked for a pardon, or whether he thinks he did anything wrong,” Hutchinson said. “But I think it is also important for central Pennsylvanians to know that Scott Perry was central to the planning of Jan. 6.”



  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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