(LifeSiteNews) — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a prominent Trump supporter who has consistently held that the 2020 election was rigged to benefit Joe Biden, said FBI agents approached him Tuesday and confiscated his cell phone. The news comes weeks after the FBI raided former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Florida home, and days after reports emerged that the FBI delivered subpoenas or search warrants to up to 50 Trump allies.
Lindell made the announcement during a Tuesday livestream, saying he had been approached by FBI agents while heading to Iowa for a hunting trip.
“I have my own breaking news tonight,” Lindell said, explaining that while stopping at a fast food restaurant in Mankato, Minnesota, “cars pulled up in front of us, to the side of us, and behind us, and I said, ‘Those are either bad guys or the FBI.’ It turns out they were the FBI.”
BREAKING REPORT: Mike Lindell RAIDED BY THE FBI, cellphone seized…
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According to Lindell, one of the agents told him, “Well, I got some bad news. … we’re taking your cell phone, we have a warrant for your cell phone.”
Lindell said he attempted to avoid handing over his device, arguing that he relies on his phone because he runs “five companies off that,” doesn’t “have a computer,” and uses the device to operate his “hearing aids.”
“Everything runs off my phone,” Lindell said he told the agent.
The MyPillow CEO said he finally surrendered his cell phone after calling a lawyer who advised him to do so.
According to The New York Times, the FBI’s interaction with Lindell was related to his alleged ties to Colorado county clerk Tina Peters, who has been “accused of tampering with voting machines.”
Peters has pleaded not guilty to state charges related to an alleged effort to download data from election machines after the heavily-contested 2020 election.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
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This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
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This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
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The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
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P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
Lindell’s comments regarding his interaction with the FBI come just over a month after FBI agents carried out an unprecedented raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Last week, reports emerged from former senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon, later confirmed by Liberty Counsel founder Harmeet K. Dhillon, that the FBI had served dozens of Trump allies with search warrants or subpoenas.
Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time Lindell alleged he has been targeted over his support for Trump.
In January, Lindell said two banks wanted to cancel his accounts after the January 6 committee issued a subpoena for his phone records. He also said major retailers had opted to pull items from his MyPillow brand. Early last year, Lindell was permanently banned from Twitter.