Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow and a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump’s voter fraud scam, is challenging in federal court that the FBI intercepted his phone at a Hardee’s restaurant in Minnesota while returning from a duck hunting trip.
He claims it may have been an illegal search — he was asked about what he knew about the 2020 election and voting machines in Colorado — without properly explaining his rights or giving him permission to drive away without giving him his phone.
The Justice Department obtained a warrant approved by a federal judge for the search, according to court records.
However, Lindell claims his constitutional rights were violated, in part because of how long it took him to be able to speak with his attorney during the search by the officers. He wants to block the Justice Department from accessing his phone data, which he says he uses for mental health and other business and personal purposes, such as talking to his lawyer and monitoring his hearing aids.
Lindell’s challenge to the DOJ follows Trump’s top supporters and advisers facing the seizure of their phones in investigations related to the January 6, 2021 and 2020 elections. None of the people who have tried to confiscate the phone have managed to get a court to intervene.
Lindell has not been charged with any crime.
Federal authorities in Colorado are investigating the hacking of 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 potential 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 criminal investigation into an attempt by Trump acolytes to overturn the election results in late 2020 and early 2021.