Trump ally sues U.S. Justice Division, calls for return of seized cellphone By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Mike Lindell speaks forward of former U.S. president Donald Trump’s rally in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S., September 17, 2022. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse/File Picture


(Reuters) – My Pillow Inc’s chief govt, Mike Lindell, an ally of former President Donald Trump, sued the U.S. Justice Division on Tuesday in search of the return of his cellphone, which FBI brokers seized final week.

In his go well with in federal court docket in Minnesota, Lindell mentioned the brokers stopped him at a fast-food restaurant’s drive-through window and questioned him about his claims the 2020 U.S. election was rigged.

The brokers then produced a warrant and informed Lindell to give up the cellphone, in keeping with the court docket submitting. Along with the return of his cellphone, Lindell desires to cease the Justice Division from accessing any information collected from the gadget, the submitting confirmed.

The FBI final week confirmed its brokers have been “at that location executing a search warrant approved by a federal choose” however didn’t give different particulars. The FBI and the Justice Division didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark late on Tuesday.

After his cellphone was seized on Sept. 13, Lindell claimed in a podcast that the seizure prevented him from finishing up his enterprise actions and from accessing his funds.

“Not solely do I run 5 companies off of it, I do not use a laptop computer, I do not use a pc, every part was on that cellphone,” Lindell mentioned.

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