MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told The Daily Beast on Tuesday night that the FBI seized his cellphone 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.
“They took my phone,” Lindell told The Daily Beast on Tuesday evening via phone. “The FBI did!”
The FBI declined to comment to The Daily Beast.
Lindell claimed the FBI was looking for information on fellow election fraud conspiracy theorist Dennis Montgomery.
“They are looking for the terabytes from Dennis Montgomery,” Lindell further told The Daily Beast. “I hope they lift the gag order.”
Lindell also expounded on his legal situation in a Tuesday night video.
“The FBI came after me and took my phone,” he said on Facebook. “They surrounded me in a Hardee’s and took my phone that I run all my business, everything with. What they’ve done is weaponize—the FBI, it’s disgusting. I don’t have a computer. Everything I do [is] off that phone. Everything was on there. And they told me not to tell anybody. Here’s an order: ‘Don’t tell anybody!’ ‘OK, I won’t!’ Well, I am.”
“Absolutely unnecessary,” pillow tycoon sidekick and Lindell TV host Brannon Howse added when reached by The Daily Beast.
Lindell also showed a copy of a subpoena, dated Sept. 7 and signed by an assistant US attorney in Colorado.
“An official criminal investigation of a suspected felony is being conducted by an agency of the United States and a Federal Grand Jury in the District of Colorado,” a document that Lindell claimed was a subpoena on his nightly show said. “As a subpoena recipient, you are not under an obligation of secrecy. However, we request that you not disclose the existence of this subpoena for an indefinite period of time.”
Lindell has previously been linked to at least one ongoing investigation in the state, related to campaign funds for his colleague and fellow election denier Tina Peters.
Peters, a county clerk in Mesa County, is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly breaching her own county’s voting machines and leaking the data to conspiracy theorists. Shortly after the leak, Peters attended Lindell’s August 2021 “Cyber Symposium” on supposed voter fraud, after which she went into hiding in a series of Lindell’s “safe houses.”
In April, following Peters’ arrest, Lindell told The Daily Beast that investigators had not approached him about the breach.
Lindell has repeatedly claimed to have given Peters significant gifts, including a flight on his private plane en route to an election conspiracy conference, as well as campaign contributions up to $800,000, which exceed Colorado’s limit of $65 for gifts to public officials.
Peters’ campaign contributions are under investigation, the state’s Independent Ethics Commission confirmed earlier this year, although he did not comment on whether Lindell’s contributions were part of that investigation.
Lindell is also tangentially linked to a similar breach of election equipment in Elbert County, Colorado, where a second clerk claims to have made unauthorized copies of voting machines, with assistance from two men who have promoted election fraud conspiracy theories on Lindell’s web show.
One of the men describes his activist group, Cause of America, as being funded by Lindell.