A Justice Department search warrant alleges that they took the phone of MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, because he is under investigation for identity theft and damage to a computer in connection with a breach of a Colorado county’s voting system.
On Sept. 13, the FBI seized Lindell’s phone while he was sitting in a fast-food drive-thru in Minnesota. He is contesting the seizure in court. Lindell’s attorneys revealed the warrant Wednesday for a company-issued cell phone used by the MyPillow founder, which showed that the DOJ is investigating the device for any potential information involving identity theft and a suspected voting equipment breach in Colorado’s Mesa County.
Law enforcement was authorized by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung to Execute the warrant until Sept. 21. It includes a 24-point list of information the FBI was authorized to seize.
Lindell’s attorneys published the warrant just one day after he filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Merrick Garland in which he accused the DOJ of violating his First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.
“The Warrant was obtained by the Government in bad faith,” lawyers for Lindell wrote. “In applying for the issuance of the Warrant, the [Justice] Department failed to apprise Magistrate Judge Leung of Mr. Lindell’s role in attempting to uncover violations of federal and Colorado election record retention statutes and the fact that he communicated with his lawyers about these matters. It also failed to appraise the Magistrate Judge of the subpoena it intended to serve on Plaintiffs.”
Leung approved the warrant on the basis of probable cause that Lindell violated federal law. Federal agents were searching for records tied to Mesa County election clerk Tina Peters’ alleged plan to breach voting machines during the 2020 election. Peters was indicted on state criminal charges in March, which included three counts of attempting to influence a public servant, one count of criminal impersonation, and one count of first-degree official conduct.
Federal officials became aware of the breach after hard drive copies and passwords from the Colorado county’s voting machines were presented at Lindell’s “cyber symposium” event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The event was portrayed as a gathering of experts who could back up his claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Lindell is just the latest of several vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump who have been subjected to searches and inquiries by federal agents in recent weeks. The MyPillow founder is currently facing defamation lawsuits from two election technology companies, Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, over his claims.
Lindell’s motion to dismiss Smartmatic’s case against him was denied by a Minnesota district judge on Monday. They claimed he ignored “publicly available information” that rendered his theories invalid.
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