- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and the Justice Department for confiscating his phone.
- Insider received a copy of the lawsuit, in which Lindell’s interests are represented by lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
- Lindell says the FBI and the Justice Department violated his rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice for confiscating his mobile phone from Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota and accusing authorities of violating his constitutional rights.
Lindell sent Insider a copy of the lawsuit, which named Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray as defendants.
Lindell’s lawsuit, filed by a group of lawyers including conservative attorney Alan Dershowitz, alleges that the FBI violated his “First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment” rights. He also demands that his mobile phone be returned and that any information obtained from his phone by the FBI or the Department of Justice not be released.
The lawsuit details Lindell’s side of the incident, in which he describes driving home at 4 a.m. on September 13 with a friend after duck hunting in Minnesota. According to the lawsuit, Lindell’s group was at Hardee’s in Mankato late in the morning when they were surrounded by FBI agents.
Lindell’s team wrote that the FBI must have been following him because he did not disclose his whereabouts at Hardy’s to the public.
The documents also stated that Lindell began to “fear for his life and the life of his friend” when the FBI approached their car. According to the documents, a conversation ensued between Lindell and the officers about “Dominion voting systems”, accused Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, and Lindell’s private jet travel. The officers also seized Lindell’s phone.
Lindell told Insider last week that the seizure of the phone was related to an investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump Colorado election official accused of facilitating the election leak.
Lindell has been linked to Peters, who was accused in April of accepting a private jet ride from a business owner. Lindell also told Insider that he helped pay for Peters’ legal fees, with some of the funds coming from his “personal money” that was funneled through a fundraising platform called the Lindell Legal Offense Fund.
Lindell’s team also said in their document that the MyPillow CEO was subjected to “unlawful detention” and that the agencies acted “unreasonably” in executing the search and seizure warrant.
A Justice Department spokesman with ties to the Lindell case told Insider that their office has no comment on the matter.
Speaking to Insider on Tuesday, Lindell said he was suing for what he felt was the “worst violation” of his rights.
“This is terrible. Can you believe they did this to your friend?” he told Insider.
Lindell told Insider that if the FBI approached him at night, he would “punch” his way through their cars with his pickup truck.
“Because I would have thought they were the bad guys there. There was no sign that they were from law enforcement by the way they surrounded me,” he said, adding that he believed the agency was “armed” by the government.
However, Lindell claimed that he would not have objected to the FBI detaining him.
“I don’t care if they arrest me or anything like that, or if they are going to arrest me,” Lindell said. “So I can talk about getting rid of voting machines? I’ll do whatever it takes.”
Lindell continues to be heavily involved in promoting former President Donald Trump’s false claims of fraud in the 2020 election. First, it is funding a nationwide effort to end the use of electronic voting machines. He is also implicated in a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed against him by voting technology company Dominion and a lawsuit filed by voting systems company Smartmatic.