- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and DOJ for seizing his phone.
- Insider obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Lindell is represented by attorney Alan Dershowitz.
- Lindell says the FBI and DOJ violated his First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and Justice Department for seizing his cellphone outside a Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota, and accusing authorities of violating his constitutional rights.
Lindell sent Insider a copy of the lawsuit in which Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray were listed as defendants.
Represented by a legal team including conservative attorney Alan Dershowitz, Lindell’s lawsuit claims the FBI violated his “First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment” rights. He also demands that his cell phone be returned to him and that any information obtained from his phone by the FBI or DOJ not be disclosed.
The lawsuit gives a detailed account of Lindell’s version of the incident, in which he describes that he returned home at 4 a.m. on September 13 with a friend after going duck hunting in Minnesota . According to the suit, Lindell’s group was at Hardee’s in Mankato in the late morning when they found themselves locked up by FBI agents.
Lindell’s team wrote that the FBI must have him under surveillance because he had not made his location at the Hardee’s publicly known.
The filing also said Lindell began to “fear for his life and the life of his friend” as FBI agents approached their vehicle. According to the filing, a conversation then ensued between Lindell and the officers about “Dominion voting systems,” Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters charged, and Lindell’s private plane trip. Officers also seized Lindell’s phone.
Lindell told Insider last week that the seizure of the phone was linked to an investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump election official from Colorado accused of facilitating an election data leak.
Lindell has been linked to Peters, who was accused in April of accepting a private plane ride from the company owner. Lindell also told Insider that he helped pay for Peters’ legal fees, with some funds coming from his “personal money” which was redirected through a fundraising platform called the Lindell Legal Offense Fund.
Lindell’s team further claimed in its filing that the CEO of MyPillow was subjected to “unlawful detention” and that the agencies were “unreasonable” in executing the search and seizure warrant.
A DOJ representative attached to Lindell’s case told Insider that his office had no comment on the matter.
Speaking to Insider on Tuesday, Lindell said he was suing what he thought was the “worst violation” of his rights.
” It’s horrible. Can you believe they did this to your friend? he told Insider.
Lindell told Insider that if the FBI had approached him at night, he would have “rammed” his way through their cars with his pickup truck.
“Because I would have thought they were bad guys there. There was no sign they were law enforcement, the way they surrounded me like that,” he said. he said, adding that he believed the agency had been “armed” by the government.
However, Lindell maintained that he would not have been bothered by the FBI.
“I don’t care if I get arrested or anything or if they’re going to bring me in,” Lindell said. “So I can spread the word to get rid of the voting machines, you know that? I’ll do whatever it takes.”
Lindell continues to be heavily involved in promoting former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. On the one hand, he is funding a national effort to end the use of voting machines electronics. He is also involved in a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed against him by voting technology company Dominion and a lawsuit filed by voting systems company Smartmatic.
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