A federal judge has denied Mike Lindell’s request to return his phone seized by the FBI

Judge Eric Tostrud said Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow and a prominent backer of former President Donald Trump’s bogus voter fraud claims, failed to prove his rights were violated. Tostrud, a Trump appointee, also said Lindell did not adequately answer legal questions asked of him to make that request.
Lindell alleged that the FBI’s recent seizure of his phone may have been an illegal search — where he was asked about what he knew about Colorado’s 2020 election and voting machines — without properly explaining or waived his rights. without giving a driving phone.

The Justice Department obtained a warrant approved by a federal judge for the search, according to court records.

Lindell’s challenge came after other top Trump supporters and advisers had their phones seized in investigations related to January 6, 2021 and the 2020 election. Challenges to these forfeitures have routinely won court intervention.

Lindell has not been charged with any crime.

Federal authorities in Colorado are investigating a hack into a county’s voting system as part of efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to subpoena documents obtained by CNN.

Records recently obtained by CNN showed that the Department of Justice is collecting evidence related to three possible crimes in Mesa County, Colorado: identity theft, malicious damage to a protected computer and/or conspiracy to commit both.

The investigation appears to be looking at possible crimes separate from the January 6, 2021, federal investigation into attempts by Trump acolytes to overturn the election results in late 2020 and early 2021.