Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow and prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump’s false electoral fraud claims, is suing in federal court over the recent seizure of his phone by the FBI at a Hardee’s drive-thru restaurant in Minnesota when he was returning from a duck hunt.
He claims it may have been an illegal search — questioning him about what he knew about the 2020 election and election machines in Colorado — without properly explaining his rights or allowing him to leave the drive-thru without handing over his phone. .
The Justice Department had received a warrant, approved by a federal judge, to conduct the search, according to the court file.
Still, Lindell alleges that his constitutional rights have been violated, partly disputing how long it took while searching for agents to allow him to speak to his lawyer. He wants to prevent the Justice Department from accessing his phone records, which he says he uses for his pillow business and other business and personal matters, such as talking to his lawyer and operating his hearing aids.
Lindell’s challenge from the DOJ follows other prominent Trump supporters and advisers challenging their own phone seizures, in investigations related to January 6, 2021 and the 2020 election. None of the people who have tried to challenge their phone seizures have been successful. got a court to intervene.
Lindell has not been charged with any crime.
According to subpoena documents obtained by CNN, federal authorities in Colorado are investigating violations of a county’s voting system as part of efforts to undermine the 2020 election results.
The records, recently obtained by CNN, showed the Department of Justice is gathering evidence related to three possible crimes in Mesa County, Colorado: identity theft, willful damage to a protected computer, and/or conspiracy to commit either one.
The investigation appears to be looking at potential crimes separate from the January 6, 2021 federal criminal investigation into Trump supporters’ attempt to reverse the election results in late 2020 and early 2021.