Video of John Eastman's Phone Being Confiscated by FBI Viewed 500K Times

Video showing FBI agents seizing the phone of John Eastman, a conservative former election lawyer to ex-President Donald Trump, has gone viral on social media.

Eastman's cell was seized on June 22 when FBI agents served a search warrant as he left a restaurant in New Mexico, according to a court filing by the lawyer on Monday.

Eastman allegedly helped map out a legal strategy to overturn Trump's 2020 election defeat.

Video of his interaction with the FBI has been shared widely on Twitter including by NBC News' Ryan J. Reilly. Fox News' Tucker Carlson also discussed the video during his show on Monday night and a clip from this show has also appeared on Twitter.

The footage was also shown and discussed on the YouTube channel of Meidas Touch, a liberal political action committee.

The social media clips combined been viewed more than 500,000 times. It is not clear who released the video footage.

Eastman has argued the search and seizure was "unlawful" and his attorneys filed a motion on Monday to retrieve the iPhone 12 Pro, force federal agents to erase any data they might have taken from it and block any further access to the device.

Eastman spoke to Carlson on his show on Monday and explained why he took issue with the FBI's conduct.

Eastman spoke to Carlson on his show on Monday and explained why he took issue with the FBI's conduct.

"What exactly did you do wrong to be treated like a dangerous criminal by your government that you pay for?" Carlson asked.

"Well we don't know because the warrant doesn't say," Eastman replied.

"The warrant authorizes [the FBI] to seize my phone and all the information contained in the phone.

"But there is no indication of any crime that this is connected to, that is apparently in an attached affidavit, the affidavit wasn't attached to the warrant."

Eastman went on to say the FBI should have given a particular description of the things to be seized.

"The fourth amendment is very clear here, when they search and seize your property, they have to give a particular description of the things to be seized," Eastman added.

"Saying it is identified in the affidavit if they do not attach the affidavit it doesn't qualify. The courts have been very clear about that.

"This warrant is invalid on its face."

Eastman went on to say he was concerned about the information the FBI now had access to from his smartphone. He highlighted that , through his phone, they would be able to look at his private financial records and his privileged communications as an attorney

Newsweek has contacted John Eastman for comment.

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An image of John Eastman is projected as the US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol holds its third public hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2022. A video of John Eastman having his phone seized by the FBI has gone viral on social media. Mandel Ngan/Getty