Federal judge denies Lindell’s request to get his phone back

Written by on September 23, 2022

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell checks his cellphone inside the Covelli Centre before a Save America Rally, featuring former President Donald Trump, to support Republican candidates running for state and federal offices on September 17, 2022 in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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A federal judge has rejected MyPillow CEO’s Mike Lindell’s request to block federal authorities from accessing his recently seized cell phone.

Mike Lindell, in new court filing trying to recover the cell phone seized by the FBI, says it’s absence has harmed business operations of MyPillow and also his personal health, in part because the phone is linked to his hearing aids. pic.twitter.com/UP3gLzKCYP

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In a decision on Thursday, a United States district court judge ruled against Lindell’s motion for a temporary restraining order and for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to return the phone. Judge Eric Tostrud, who a Trump appointee, said that Lindell did not properly answer the legal questions that were required to make the request.

Lindell is suing the DOJ and FBI over allegations that the seizure of his phone may have been illegal. The CEO’s phone was seized by the FBI at a Hardee’s drive-thru in Minnesota. The Trump-supporting business executive has not been charged with a crime or has accused of wrongdoing by authorities. A hearing date in Lindell’s case against the federal government has yet to be set.

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