Mike Lindell to Sue FBI Over Phone Seizure: 'This Will Set a Precedent'

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell announced on Friday that he is planning to sue the FBI after his phone was seized this week, saying that "this will set a precedent."

"We are suing the United States government and the FBI, and this isn't just to get the phone back," Lindell said while appearing on Steve Bannon's War Room podcast. "My First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights were broken....We're not going to put up with this."

Lindell told Newsweek on Friday said that he plans to file the lawsuit next week and noted that following the seizure of his phone, some vendors on his website, MyStore, canceled their agreements "because of what the FBI did."

"We lost a huge chunk of business because of that," Lindell said. "There was four products that got canceled. Four different people because they're afraid of what the FBI did."

Mike Lindell
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell greets the crowd during a Save America rally at Alaska Airlines Center on July 9, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. On September 16, 2022, Lindell said that he is planning to sue the FBI in response to his phone being seized. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Lindell's comments come just a few days after he confirmed that his phone was seized by FBI agents while he was at a Hardee's fast-food location in Iowa. During a broadcast of his podcast, The Lindell Report, the prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump said that he attempted to keep his phone but eventually turned it over to the FBI agents following advice from his lawyer.

Lindell also said that the FBI agents he spoke to asked about Dominion Voting Systems, which he previously criticized for claims about the 2020 election being rigged. According to Lindell, he was also questioned about his relationship with Mesa County, Colorado, Clerk Tina Peters, who was indicted on allegations of election tampering.

While speaking with the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota after his phone was seized, Lindell said that he was informed by FBI agents that the seizure was "not about January 6."

"I asked them that," Lindell said, referring to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

During his interview on Bannon's War Room podcast, Lindell said, "we're being proactive. I was on the phone with these attorneys, I said 'no I want to sue, what can we do?' We got all the lawyers on the phone, they looked up all these statutes.

"We're gonna go places where no man has gone before. This will set a precedent. This has to stop."

While speaking with Newsweek, Lindell denied any wrongdoing and said "it's a big charade. I don't have anything that they would need on my personal and my business phone."

The FBI declined further comment on the matter after Newsweek reached out.