- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is suing the FBI and DOJ for confiscating his phone.
- Insider received a copy of the lawsuit, in which Lindell is represented by attorney Alan Dershowitz.
- Lindell says the FBI and DOJ have violated his First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.
Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, is suing the FBI and the Justice Department for seizing his cell phone at a Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota, and accusing authorities of violating his constitutional rights.
Lindell sent Insider a copy of the lawsuit listing Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray as suspects.
Represented by a legal team, including conservative attorney Alan Dershowitz, Lindell’s lawsuit alleges that the FBI has violated its “First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment” rights. He also demands that his cell phone be returned and that any information the FBI or DOJ obtained from his phone not be released.
The lawsuit detailed Lindell’s side of the incident, describing how he drove home with a friend at 4 a.m. on September 13 after going duck hunting in Minnesota. According to the suit, Lindell’s group was at a Hardee’s in Mankato sometime late in the morning when they noticed they were being surrounded by FBI agents.
Lindell’s team wrote that the FBI had to keep an eye on him because he had not publicly disclosed his location with the Hardee’s.
The filing also stated that Lindell began to “fear for his and his friend’s lives” as FBI agents approached their vehicle. According to the filing, a conversation then arose between Lindell and the officers about “Dominion Voting Systems,” accused Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, and Lindell’s private plane travel. The officers also confiscated Lindell’s phone.
Lindell told Insider last week that the phone seized was related to an investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump Colorado election official accused of facilitating an election data breach.
Lindell has been linked with Peters, who was accused in April of accepting a private plane ride from the business owner. Lindell also told Insider that he helped pay Peters’ legal fees, with some of the funds coming from his “personal money” being diverted through a fundraising platform called the Lindell Legal Offense Fund.
Lindell’s team further claimed in their file that the CEO of MyPillow had been subject to “unlawful detention” and that the agencies had been “unreasonable” in executing the search and seizure warrant.
A DOJ representative associated with Lindell’s case told Insider their office had no comment on the matter.
Lindell told Insider on Tuesday that he had filed a lawsuit over what he believed to be the “worst violation” of his rights.
‘It’s terrible. Can you believe they did that to your friend?’ he told Insider.
Lindell told Insider that if the FBI had approached him at night, he would have made his way through their cars in his pickup.
“Because I would have thought they were bad guys there. There was no sign they were law enforcement officers, the way they surrounded me,” he said, adding that he believed the agency was “armed” by the government.
Lindell insisted, however, that he wouldn’t have minded being held by the FBI.
“I don’t care if I get arrested or something or if they’re going to arrest me,” Lindell said. “So I can spread the word to get rid of the voting machines, you know that? I would do whatever it takes.’
Lindell remains deeply involved in pushing former President Donald Trump’s false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election. First, he is funding a nationwide effort to end the use of electronic voting machines. He is also embroiled in a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed against him by the voting technology company Dominion and a lawsuit filed by the voting system company Smartmatic.