“Without commenting on this specific matter, I can confirm that the FBI was at that location executing a search warrant authorized by a federal judge.”
FBI spokeswoman Vikki Migoya in response to a question on whether the FBI seized the phone of the CEO of MyPillow, Mike Lindell, for a federal investigation.
sep 14, 2022
- We don't know the specifics of this investigation.
- Most of what we know comes from an account of Mike Lindell and what he shared on his own podcast. Lindell is a prominent conservative figure and supporter of former President Trump and other conservatives; he hosted an event about election fraud.
- Early reporting suggests this warrant may be tied to a federal investigation into a Republican county clerk in Colorado indicted for a "deceptive scheme" to influence elections and results, as well as others who have not only questioned the results of the 2020 election but potentially violated law. For example — this county clerk in question appeared at an event hosted by Lindell and her county's voting system hard drive was reportedly illegally shared online.
- Why It Matters: The FBI has a series of investigations surrounding prominent conservative figures such as former Pres. Trump and now Mike Lindell. While the investigations may have been ongoing for months (even years) and may lead to criminal charges, the FBI has to wrestle with the perception of politically motivated investigations during an election cycle (the midterms).