A federal judge turned down Mike Lindell’s request to reclaim his phone from investigators after it was recently seized by the FBI at a Hardee’s drive-thru in Minnesota when he returned from a duck hunt.
Judge Eric Tostrud said Lindell, CEO of My Pillow and prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump’s false electoral fraud claims, has not proven his rights have been violated. Tostrud, who has been appointed by Trump, also said Lindell failed to properly answer the legal questions necessary to make such a request.
Lindell had claimed that the FBI’s recent seizure of his phone may have been an illegal search — questioning him about what he knew about the 2020 election and election machines in Colorado — without properly explaining his rights or allowing him to enter the driveway. leave – by without handing over his phone.
The Justice Department had received a warrant, approved by a federal judge, to conduct the search, according to the court file.
Lindell’s challenge followed others from prominent Trump supporters and advisers, who had their own phones seized in investigations related to January 6, 2021 and the 2020 election. Challenges of such seizures have routinely failed a court. to intervene.
Lindell has not been charged with any crime.
According to subpoena documents obtained by CNN, federal authorities in Colorado are investigating violations of a county’s voting system as part of efforts to undermine the 2020 election results.
The records, recently obtained by CNN, showed the Department of Justice is gathering evidence related to three possible crimes in Mesa County, Colorado: identity theft, willful damage to a protected computer, and/or conspiracy to commit either one.
The investigation appears to be looking at potential crimes separate from the January 6, 2021 federal criminal investigation into Trump supporters’ attempt to reverse the election results in late 2020 and early 2021.