It’s unclear whether federal investigators have opened investigations into the incident in other states, but the subpoena shows they are gathering 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 subpoena includes “all records and information” from Lindell’s phone as evidence against the seven named individuals or any other unnamed co-conspirators. It outlines several areas of interest to researchers related to Dominion voting systems and efforts to damage or penetrate them.
Lindell was involved in a broader effort to find voter fraud after the 2020 election, aimed at supporting baseless claims that former President Donald Trump stole the election.
Earlier this year, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters was indicted on 10 counts related to allegations of voting machine tampering after an apparent security breach at the Mesa County elections office in May 2021. Peters has pleaded not guilty.
Peters appeared at Lindell’s “Cyber Symposium” last year, a gathering of election deniers, where a number of debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election were promoted.
In addition to Peters, the subpoena issued to Lindell sought information on a half-dozen others who have been linked to efforts to gain access to voting data in Colorado and other states.
Most people are directly connected to the Mesa County scheme.
Knisley reached a settlement last month in exchange for his cooperation. According to the plea agreement, Knisley told investigators that Peters created a scheme in which he helped an unauthorized person gain entry to secure areas inside the clerk’s office and county election equipment. Knisley told investigators that person was Conan Hayes, who was also listed on Lindell’s subpoena. (Hayes has not been charged.)
Lindell told CNN last summer that he paid Hayes and other so-called cyber experts “a lot of money” to review what he described as 2020 election data.
Hayes, a surfer-turned-election denier, was part of a group of Trump supporters who broke into voting systems in Antrim County, Michigan in early December 2020. – The former president and his allies used a report on Dominion voting machines in County Antrim as evidence of widespread election fraud.
Lindell told CNN last year that he paid Hayes and other “cyber forensics experts” to analyze data from the 2020 election.
Hayes and Logan did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The subpoena also listed Sherronna Bishop, the former 2020 campaign manager for Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, who is a close ally of Peters and has appeared with the county clerk at several political rallies and in numerous social media videos.
In November 2021, the FBI and local investigators executed a search warrant at Bishop’s home as part of the Mesa County security breach investigation.
The Lindell subpoena also listed Douglas Frank, who has gained prominence in the Trump world with his theories about the 2020 election results. Frank told CNN that so far he has trained teams in 30 states how to analyze their voter rolls to uncover potential fraud, and more have asked for help. Part of his claim is that the state’s voter rolls are bloated with fraudulent or “ghost” voters.
Frank said he began focusing on building relationships with election officials in December 2020 and has hired dozens, including clerks and other office workers, to support their efforts in counties across the country. Frank said Lindell was subsidizing her work, paying for flights and other expenses.
Frank told CNN that he has not received a subpoena from federal investigators or heard from the FBI, but said he expects to. He has not been charged with a crime.
Lindell has emerged as one of the campaigners still pushing false claims about the 2020 election. In a series of so-called documentaries, Lindell advanced an increasingly ludicrous theory that foreign hackers broke into election office computer systems to change votes – in what he described as “the biggest cybercrime in the history of the world”.
CNN’s Jeremy Harlan, Paul Murphy and Curt Devin contributed to this report.