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Mike Lindell Sues FBI, DOJ for Seizing Phone at Hardee’s Drive-Thru




  • Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice for the confiscation of his phone.
  • Insider has obtained a copy of the lawsuit in which attorney Alan Dershowitz is representing Lindell.
  • Lindell says the FBI and the Department of Justice have violated his rights in the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.

Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice for confiscating his mobile phone outside of Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota, and accusing authorities of violating his constitutional rights.

Lindell sent a copy of the lawsuit in which Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray were listed as defendants.

Represented by a legal team that includes conservative attorney Alan Dershowitz, Lyndell’s lawsuit alleges that the FBI violated its “First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights.” He also demands that his cell phone be returned and that no information obtained from his phone be released by the FBI or the Department of Justice.

The lawsuit provides a detailed description of Lindell’s side of the incident, describing driving home at 4 a.m. on September 13 with a friend after going duck hunting in Minnesota. For the suit, Lyndell’s group was at Hardee’s in Mankato sometime late in the morning when they found themselves cornered by FBI agents.

Lindell’s team wrote that the FBI must have kept him under surveillance because he had not publicly announced his position at Hardee’s.

The request also stated that Lindell “began to “fear for his life and that of his friend” when FBI agents approached their car. According to the filing, a conversation between Lendl and the officers about “Dominion Voting Systems” followed, directed at Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Lendl traveling on a private jet. The officers also confiscated Lendl’s phone.

Lyndell told Insider last week that the phone confiscation was linked to an investigation with Tina Peters, a Mesa County clerk, a pro-Trump election official in Colorado accused of facilitating the leak of election data.

Lendl has been linked to Peters, who was charged in April with accepting a private plane flight from his employer. Lindell also told Insider that he was helping pay Peters’ legal fees, with some money coming from his “personal money” being redirected through a fundraising platform called the Lindell Legal Offense Fund.

Lendl’s team further alleged in its filing that the CEO of MyPillow had been subjected to “unlawful detention” and that the agencies were “unreasonable” in carrying out the search and seizure order.


A representative from the Department of Justice associated with the Lindell case told Insider that their office had no comment on the matter.

Speaking to Insider on Tuesday, Lindell said he is suing over what he believes is the “worst violation” of his rights.

“It’s awful. Can you believe they did that to your friend?” He said from the inside.

Lindell told Insider that if the FBI had approached him at night, he would have “made his way” through their cars with his pickup truck.

“Because I thought they were the bad guys out there. There was no indication that they were law enforcement, and the way they surrounded me like that,” he said, adding that he believed the government was “armed.”

However, Lindell maintained that he did not mind being detained by the FBI.

“I don’t care if I get caught or anything or if they’re going to let me in,” Lindell said. “So I can get the word out to get rid of the voting machines, you know? I’ll do whatever it takes.”

Lindell continues to be heavily involved in pushing former President Donald Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election. First, he is funding a national effort to stop the use of electronic voting machines. He is also implicated in a $1.3 billion lawsuit brought against him by voting technology company Dominion and a lawsuit brought by voting systems company Smartmatic.


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