WASHINGTON — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump and has promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, said Tuesday that the FBI seized his cellphone and asked him about a county clerk in Colorado who has been charged with election rigging in a security breach of his county’s voting system last year.
Lindell said on his podcast, The Lindell Report, that he was stopped by FBI agents as he passed a Hardee drive-thru in Mankato, Minnesota.
“He says, ‘Well, I have bad news.’ I’m like, OK, here it comes, right? He says, ‘We’re going to take his cell phone. We have a warrant for his cell phone,'” Lindell said. “I said, ‘My whole company, I run five companies on that. I don’t have a computer, my hearing aids work with this, everything works with my phone.'”
Lindell said FBI agents asked him about the Dominion voting machines used in Colorado elections, as well as Tina Peters, the clerk for Mesa County, Colorado, and Doug Frank, a math teacher from Ohio, who they have also championed 2020 election conspiracy theories.
Peters pleaded not guilty last week to charges of election rigging and official misconduct in connection with the security breach of Mesa County’s voting system last year. She is accused of allowing unauthorized persons into the county’s election system in search of evidence to support baseless voter fraud. theories espoused by Trump.
The reasons for the apparent seizure of Lindell’s phone are unclear. In a statement, FBI spokeswoman Vikki Migoya said that while the agency would not comment on the specific matter of the seizure, the FBI was “on site executing a search warrant authorized by a federal judge.”
Contacted by NBC News for comment, Peters said she had not received a subpoena from the Justice Department, but did receive one as part of a defamation lawsuit brought against Lindell by Eric Coomer, a former Dominion Voting Systems employee. that Lindell attacked. .
Trump, for his part, reacted to the situation on his Truth Social site Tuesday night, saying that Lindell had been “busted by the FBI.”
“Now we officially live in an armed police state, rigged elections and all,” he wrote.