CEO of MyPillow Mike Lindell told The Daily Beast Tuesday night that the FBI seized his cell phone while he was at a Hardee’s restaurant.
Lindell also posted on social media a grand jury subpoena from a federal prosecutor in Colorado and what appears to be a search warrant related to a federal investigation into breached voting machines in Mesa County, Colorado.
The order requests “all records and information about the LINDELL CELL PHONE that constitute the proceeds, evidence, or instrumentalities of violations” related to identity theft, intentional damage to a protected computer, and conspiracy to commit the above two crimes. The warrant cites violations “involving Tina Peters, Conan James Hayes, Belinda Knisley, Sandra Brown, Sherronna Bishop, Michael Lindell, and/or Douglas Frank, among other co-conspirators known and unknown to the government.”
The Denver FBI field office told The Daily Beast that it does not comment on individual cases but, “without commenting on this specific matter, I can confirm that the FBI was at that location executing a search warrant authorized by a federal judge.” .
The US attorney’s office in Colorado, which issued the subpoena, declined to comment.
The case appears to stem from a 2021 violation of voting machines in Mesa County, allegedly by the county clerk. tina peters and their associates. Peters faces state felony charges for the alleged rape, along with her former colleagues from the clerk’s office, Belinda Knisley and Sandra Brown. There is, a pro surfer turned conspiracy theorist, is accused of impersonating a local tech worker to help break the machines under the direction of Peters.
In NovemberThe home of Sheronna Bishop, an acquaintance of Lindell and Peters and former campaign manager for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), was believed to be the subject of a search warrant related to the Mesa County rape.
Now the investigation appears to include Lindell.
The search warrant requests data from Lindell’s phone, including any information it contains about damage to Dominion’s voting machines, information about Hayes’ alleged impersonation of a tech worker, and the phone’s Internet activity, geographic location, and information on whether it could be controlled remotely. through “viruses, Trojan horses and other forms of malicious software”.
“They took my phone,” Lindell told The Daily Beast Tuesday night by phone. “The FBI did it!”
Lindell claimed the FBI was looking for information on other voter fraud conspiracy theorist Dennis Montgomery.
“They’re looking for Dennis Montgomery’s terabytes,” Lindell told The Daily Beast. “I hope they lift the gag order.”
Lindell also exposed his legal situation in a video Tuesday night.
“The FBI came after me and took my phone,” he said on Facebook. “They surrounded me in a Hardee’s and took away the phone with which I conduct all my business, everything. What they have done is arm: the FBI, it is disgusting. I don’t have a computer Everything I do [is] off that phone. Everything was there. And they told me not to tell anyone. Here is an order: ‘Don’t tell anyone!’ ‘Okay, I won’t!’ Well, I am.”
“Absolutely unnecessary,” Lindell’s pillow mogul and TV host Brannon Howse added when contacted by The Daily Beast.
Lindell also showed a copy of a subpoena, dated September 7 and signed by an assistant US attorney in Colorado.
“An agency of the United States and a Federal Grand Jury in the District of Colorado are conducting an official criminal investigation of an alleged felony,” read a document that Lindell said was a subpoena on his late-night show. “As the recipient of a subpoena, he is not bound by secrecy. However, we ask that you not disclose the existence of this subpoena for an indefinite period of time.”
Lindell has previously been linked to multiple ongoing investigations in the state, most involving Peters. Shortly after allegedly hacking into his own county’s voting machines and leaking the data to conspiracy theorists, Peters attended Lindell’s August 2021 “Cyber Symposium” on alleged voter fraud, after which he hid in a series of Lindell “safe houses”. In April, after Peters’ arrest, Lindell told The Daily Beast that investigators had not approached him about the rape.
Peters faces charges at the state level, while Lindell’s citation comes from a federal grand jury.
Lindell has repeatedly claimed that he gave Peters significant gifts, including a flight to the Cyber Symposium on his private jet, as well as campaign contributions of up to $800,000, which exceeds Colorado’s $65 limit for gifts to public officials.
Peters’ campaign contributions under investigation, state Independent Ethics Commission confirmed earlier this yearalthough he did not comment on whether Lindell’s contributions were part of that investigation.
Lindell is also tangentially linked to a similar election equipment breach in Elbert County, Colorado, where a second employee claims to have made unauthorized copies of voting machines, with the help of two men who have promoted voter fraud conspiracy theories. in the Lindell web program. One of the men describes his activist group, America’s Cause, as funded by Lindell.