May 21, 2024
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was seen using a cellphone at former President Donald Trump's Ohio rally on Saturday, days after claiming the FBI had seized his phone.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was seen using a cellphone at former President Donald Trump’s Ohio rally on Saturday, days after claiming the FBI had seized his phone.

Lindell, a loyal Trump ally who was involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, is a frequent attendee of the former president’s “Save America” rallies. He could be seen on a cellphone in between mingling with the crowds as they poured into Saturday’s event, which is taking place at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio. On Tuesday, the MyPillow founder claimed he was at a Hardee’s drive-thru when FBI agents knocked on his car windows and instructed him to hand over his phone. After resisting some, Lindell agreed.

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Lindell later recalled on his show, The Lindell Report, that the agents, whom he said had a warrant, asked him questions about Colorado and Dominion Voting Systems machines. The interaction, if accurate, hints at the purpose of the phone’s seizure.

An FBI spokesperson confirmed that agents had taken Lindell’s phone to media outlets later that day, including the Washington Examiner. It did not, however, elaborate on the reason for the seizure.

If the FBI is seeking records from Lindell related to the 2020 election or the Capitol riot, it would be the latest overt action in a broad expansion of its Jan. 6 investigation.

The Justice Department issued 40 subpoenas in the past week, a broad expansion of the inquiry. The phones of two former Trump advisers, Boris Epshteyn and Mike Roman, were seized as evidence.

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Lindell told the Daily Mail on Saturday that he was using a replacement phone and was suing the federal government next week to get his seized device back.

Tuesday’s seizure was not the first time Lindell had been approached by federal authorities. He said in January that his phone records were subpoenaed by the House Jan. 6 committee. He was also sued for defamation by Dominion over his debunked claims about widespread fraud rigging the 2020 election, though that case is a civil matter.

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