MyPillow CEO, Trump ally Mike Lindell says FBI issued subpoena, seized phone at a Hardee's

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a prominent Donald Trump supporter, said the FBI seized his cellphone and he was handed a subpoena from a Colorado grand jury Tuesday while he was in a Hardee's parking lot in Minnesota.

Lindell, who founded MyPillow in 2004, has been a key ally for Trump and has continued to protest the 2020 election by pushing baseless claims and conspiracy theories. In May, he was been banned from Twitter for a second time after trying to use a new account. Lindell’s original account was permanently banned earlier in the year after he continued to perpetuate claims that Trump won.

On his podcast, "Frank Speech: The Lindell Report," Lindell detailed how he was issued the subpoena while waiting for his food and was questioned about a Colorado clerk, Tina Peters, who is being charged in what prosecutors say was a "deceptive scheme" to breach voting system technology used across the country. Lindell said the papers he was served labeled it an "official criminal investigation of a suspected felony" with the use of a federal grand jury.

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Lindell said he also was questioned about his connection to Doug Frank, an Ohio educator who claims voting machines have been manipulated.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell

Lindell said on the podcast: "Cars pulled up in front of us, to the side of us and behind us, and I said, ‘These are either bad guys or the FBI.’ Well, it turns out they were the FBI. ... I want to say this for the record: They were pretty nice guys. None of them had an attitude."

In a separate interview with ABC News, Lindell said three cars with federal agents pulled in front of his vehicle while he was parked at the fast-food restaurant and handed him the search warrant for his cellphone. "I've been to many jails," Lindell told the outlet. "I'm not scared to go to jail. I'm trying to save my country."

"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 told The Associated Press.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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