Chaska, Minnesota. – MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell filed the lawsuit after he saidas he sat outside a window at Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota, CBS Minnesota reports.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, names FBI Director Christopher Wray as a defendant, as well as 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 because of “his efforts to inform the public about alleged fraud and alleged violations, which, in his opinion, took place in order to end the dependence on computerized voting and machines for counting votes in elections.
It also alleges that authorities tracked Lindell using location services in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights to stop and arrest, as well as his Fifth Amendment due process and Sixth Amendment rights.
Lindell said he uses the phone to conduct business. The lawsuit also alleges that the phone is programmed to control Lindell’s hearing aids.
The lawsuit seeks confirmation that Lindell’s rights have been violated, as well as the return of his mobile phone and any data that the FBI may have accessed, as well as a temporary restraining order against the defendants in the lawsuit.
Lindell, a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, backed the former president’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
He said he waslast week and that his phone was seized by federal agents.
At least four FBI agents approached him after he ordered food from Hardy, Lindell said.
“I said, ‘Is this something to do with January 6th?'” Lindell said, referring toto the origins . “They said no.
Lindell said on Wednesday that FBI agents also asked him about the various flights he took. Lindell said he told them he was traveling around the country meeting with elected officials.
“The attorneys general I’ve met with are mostly Republicans when I’m trying to get evidence in the Supreme Court,” Lindell told CBS Minnesota.
Lindell described his interactions with the agents as “very polite” but emphasized that the seizure would not stop him from continuing to push his plans forward.
“Where should I go next? The same thing that I have been doing every day for the last year and a half: I spend 18 hours a day getting rid of these electronic voting machines,” he said.
Dominion and Smartmatic, two companies that make electronic voting machines, are suing Lindell for defamation; his own counterclaims against them were dismissed, as were dozens of other allegations of alleged election fraud across the country.