Mike Lindell sues feds over seizure of his cell phone

Chaska, Minn. – MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell filed a lawsuit after, he said, FBI agents seized his cell phone while sitting in the drive-thru window of a Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota, CBS Minnesota reports.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, names FBI Director Christopher Wray as a defendant along with Attorney General Merrick Garland and the United States of America.

The lawsuit alleges that federal agents “did not have the authority to detain and interrogate Mr. Lindell against his will” and that Lindell’s First Amendment rights were violated due to “his efforts to inform the public of the alleged fraud and alleged irregularities which he claims occurred in order to end reliance on computerized voting and tabulation machines in elections.

He also claims authorities were tracking Lindell using locator services in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights to stop and seizure as well as his Fifth Amendment due process and Sixth Amendment rights.

Lindell said he uses the phone to conduct business. The lawsuit also claims that the phone is programmed to operate Lindell’s hearing aids.

The suit seeks the assertion that Lindell’s rights were violated as well as the return of his cell phone and any data the FBI may have accessed, as well as a temporary restraining order against the defendants of the suit.

Lindell, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, has espoused the former president’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

He said he was served a federal subpoena last week and his phone was seized by federal agents.

According to Lindell, at least four FBI agents approached him after he ordered food from the Hardee’s.

“I said, ‘Does this have anything to do with January 6? ‘” Lindell said, referring to investigations conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. in the origins of the capitol riot. “They said ‘no’.”

Lindell said Wednesday that FBI agents also questioned him about various flights he took. Lindell said he told them he was traveling the country meeting with elected officials.

“The attorneys general I’ve met are mostly Republicans when I’m trying to get evidence in the Supreme Court,” Lindell told CBS Minnesota.

Lindell described his interaction with officers as “very civil,” but he insisted the seizure will not deter him from continuing to push his agenda.

“Where do I go from here? The same thing I’ve been doing every day for a year and a half: 18 hours a day I spend trying to get rid of these electronic voting machines,” said he declared.

Dominion and Smartmatic, two companies that produce electronic voting machines, are suing Lindell for defamation; his own countersuits against them were dismissed, as were dozens of other allegations of alleged voter fraud across the country.

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