Mike Lindell Sues FBI, DOJ for Seizing Phone at Hardee’s Drive-Thru
- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and DOJ for confiscating his phone.
- Insider obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Lindell is represented by attorney Alan Dershowitz.
- Lindell said the FBI and the Justice Department violated his First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and the Justice Department for confiscating his phone outside Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota, accusing the 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 are named 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 demanded that his cell phone be returned and that any information the FBI or DOJ obtained from his cell phone be released.
The lawsuit details Lindell’s side in the incident, in which he describes driving home with friends at 4 a.m. on Sept. 13 after a hunt in Minnesota. According to the lawsuit, Lindell’s team was at a Hardie in Mankato sometime late in the morning when they found themselves surrounded by FBI officers.
Lindell’s team wrote that he must have been under surveillance by the FBI because he did not disclose his location in Hardy.
The document also states that when FBI officers approached their vehicle, Lindell became “concerned for his and his friends’ lives.” Conversations ensued between Lindell and officials about the “Dominion voting system,” according to the documents, alleging that Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Lindell’s private jet travel. Police also confiscated Lindell’s cell phone.
Lindell told Insider last week that the call was withheld in connection with an investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump Colorado election official accused of facilitating the election data breach.
Lindell has ties to Peters, who was accused in April of taking private jet trips from business owners. Lindell also told Insider that he had been helping pay Peters’ attorneys’ fees, some of which came from his “personal funds” which were transferred through a fundraising platform called the Lindell Legal Offense Fund.
Lindell’s team further claimed in their filing that MyPillow’s CEO was “unlawfully detained” and that the agencies were “unreasonable” in executing search and seizure warrants.
A Justice Department representative from the Lindell case told Insider that their office has no comment on the matter.
In an interview with Insider on Tuesday, Lindell said he was suing what he believed to be the “worst violation” of his rights.
“It’s horrible. Can you believe they did that to your friend?” he told Insider.
Lindell told Insider that if the FBI approached him at night, he would “slam” their car with his pickup.
“Because I would think they were the bad guys out there. There was no indication they were law enforcement, the way they surrounded me like that,” he said, adding that he believed the agency had been “weaponized” by the government.
However, Lindell insisted he would not mind being detained by the FBI.
“I don’t care if I get arrested or anything, or if they bring me in,” Lindell said. “So I can advertise getting rid of the voting machines, you know? I’ll do whatever it takes.”
Lindell continues to be highly involved in pushing former President Donald Trump to falsely claim voter fraud in the 2020 election. On the one hand, he is funding a nationwide effort to end the use of electronic voting machines. He is also involved in a $1.3 billion lawsuit brought against him by voting technology company Dominion, as well as a lawsuit brought by voting systems company Smartmatic.