Posted For: Willie Wonka
By Eric Mack
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell’s filing Tuesday against Attorney General Merrick Garland led to the release of the warrant used to seize his cellphone.
The warrant sought Lindell’s cellphone for potential evidence related to identify theft and alleged hacking of a voting system in Colorado, the document released in a court filing shows.
The FBI cornered Lindell at a Hardees drive-thru Sept. 13, taking his cellphone after he objected and demanded to call his lawyer. Lindell surrendered his phone at the scene and has sued the Justice Department for return of his property and equitable relief.
The warrant was authorized Sept. 7 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung and required the seizure to be executed by Sept. 21. The FBI acted less than one week after the warrant was approved.
The Lindell lawsuit, signed by constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz, accused the Biden DOJ of violating Lindell’s constitutional rights in the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. It also seeks to render the search and seizure invalid, block the review of the phone contents, having the FBI affidavit used to obtained the warrant to be turned over to Lindell’s attorneys, return the property to Lindell, and have the government repay Lindell’s legal fees.
“The warrant was obtained by the government in bad faith,” Lindell’s filing reads. “In applying for the issuance of the warrant, the department failed to apprise Magistrate Judge Leung of Mr. Lindell’s role in attempting to uncover violations of federal and Colorado election record retention statutes, and the fact that he communicated with his lawyers about these matters.
“It also failed to appraise the magistrate judge of the subpoena it intended to serve on plaintiffs.”
The warrant outlined 24 points of interest on Lindell’s cellphone potentially tied to allegations of identity theft and/or intentional damage on a protected computer.