MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a strong ally of former President Trump, recently made headlines after announcing that the FBI had apparently tracked him down at a Hardee’s restaurant in Minnesota, and seized his cell phone using a search warrant.
Now we know that the trigger for the investigation is allegedly a “violation” of the voting system of one of the Colorado counties.
Lindell, who claims widespread fraud was committed during the 2020 election, is looking in particular at questions about identity theft and damage to a secure computer in connection with the “breach.”
Hunter Biden is a far greater threat to national security than ANY MAGA Republican. NEWSFLASH FBI: Mike Lindell was never appointed to the board of directors of a Chinese communist energy company while his father was vice president. DO YOUR JOB!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) September 21, 2022
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Lindell fights back
Lindell was arrested last week by FBI agents at a Minnesota drive-thru where they confiscated his cell phone.
Very shortly thereafter, Lindell announced that he would be filing a lawsuit against the FBI and DOJ over the seizure.
“We are suing them for violating our rights to the First Amendment, our rights to the Fourth Amendment, our rights to the Fifth Amendment, and our rights to the Sixth Amendment,” Lindell told a crowd at a Trump rally in Ohio.
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The warrant, included in the lawsuit filed in Minnesota, revealed details of what the DOJ is pursuing.
The order reads:
Any records and information on the LINDELL CELLPHONE that constitute fruit, evidence, or aids for violations of 18 USC §§ 1028(a)(7) (identity theft), 1030(a)(5)(A) (intentional damage to a secure computer ) and/or 371 (conspiracy to commit identity theft and/or intentionally damage a protected computer) — (the “SUBJECT VIOLATIONS”) — those offenses involving Tina Peters, Conan James Hayes, Belinda Knisley, Sandra Brown, Sherronna BishopMichael Lindell, and/or Douglas Frankamong other co-conspirators known and unknown to the government (the “TOPICS”), as of November 1, 2020[.]
Peters is an election secretary in Mesa County Colorado who is accused of trying to violate Colorado’s voting system.
There is something very serious about federal law enforcement going after Mike Lindell, but not the people on Jeffery Epstein’s list.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 14, 2022
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Questioned by law enforcement
A recent New York Times report said Lindell had been questioned by police about any connection he had with Peters, who has been charged with state charges related to the voting machines. She has pleaded not guilty.
Mike Lindell appeared with another Trump ally last week and FBI and DOJ target Steve Bannon on his “WarRoom” podcast last week, where he stated that he intended to sue the federal government over the phone seizure. He said he believed there were multiple alleged violations of the Constitution by the FBI.
During his “WarRoom” podcast appearance, Lindell told Bannon that he had lost “significant things”, but it was about much more than that. He said he wants to set a “precedent” by fighting back against the FBI. He added: ‘We are going to places where no one has ever been. This will set a precedent. This has to stop.”
Mike Lindell is suing the US government, including the FBI, and has assembled a “team of the best lawyers in the country.”
Alan Dershowitz, Andrew Parker and Kurt Olson are a few.
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) September 15, 2022
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One of many
Earlier this month, Rusty Weiss of TBEN reported that as many as 40 subpoenas had been issued in connection with the investigation into the January 6 riots at the Capitol.
Included in the subpoena was former senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller. Several others confiscated their cell phones, including Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), whose phone was seized by FBI agents the day after the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Corporate lawyer Boris Epshteyn and former campaign strategist Mike Roman also had phones confiscated.
The timing of FBI and DOJ activities against former Trump associates just weeks away from the midterm elections in November is particularly curious.
Trump responded to Lindell’s phone confiscation, saying on his Truth Social media site, “We now officially live in an armed police state, rigged elections and all. Our country is a laughing stock all over the world.”
So far, it doesn’t appear that Lindell has been charged with any crimes.
This Mike Lindell story is crazy. It’s amazing how when you’re a Republican recovering from a crack addiction, the FBI raids your house. But if you’re a Democrat with a crack addiction, they make your dad president.
— Jimmy Failla (@jimmyfailla) September 14, 2022
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