MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says phone tapes were subpoenaed by House committee on January 6

My Pillow CEO Michael Lindell is seen outside the West Wing door of the White House on Friday January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an ally of former President Donald Trump, said his phone records were subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the origins of the deadly riot that took place on the 6th January.

The revelation came after CNBC reported last month that Lindell had spent $ 25 million since Election Day 2020 to push false allegations of voter fraud.

“I was not there on January 6 and yes they subpoenaed my phone records, but we filed a declaratory and injunctive relief complaint against the January 6 committee and Verizon to completely invalidate this corrupt subpoena,” said Lindell. in a text message to CNBC on Wednesday, the eve of the first anniversary of the Capitol bombing.

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Congress scrambled to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Then-President Trump, who has repeatedly pushed false allegations that the election was rigged against him, urged the crowd to march to Capitol Hill following a rally he held. titled that day.

Lindell told CNBC in a subsequent telephone interview that he filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Minneapolis. He said he received a notice from Verizon regarding the subpoena less than 10 days ago and was told the committee wanted his phone records from November through early January.

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A representative of the House committee declined to comment. Verizon press representatives did not return a request for comment.

Lindell is Trump’s latest ally to try to use the legal system to block the release of his phone records. Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who had previously been pardoned by the then-commander-in-chief after pleading guilty to federal charges, sued the committee after citing his records. Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka has also filed a lawsuit in a similar effort.

Trump himself has continued to publicly promote the baseless idea that there was some form of large-scale fraud that swayed the election in Biden’s favor. On January 6, Trump made some of the same false election claims during a rally with his supporters outside the White House. His supporters then marched on Capitol Hill as Congress tried to certify victories for Biden’s constituency.

Many federal and state officials, including former Trump attorney general William Barr, have said there has not been such widespread voter fraud.

Although Lindell continued to say he had nothing to do with what happened on January 6, he was said to have participated in various pro-Trump events in the days leading up to the insurgency.

Several people have claimed that Lindell met at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on January 5, alongside other Trump allies, including former adviser Peter Navarro, attorney Rudy Giuliani and Senator Tommy Tuberville, R -Ala., To discuss the election issues.

Lindell told CNBC on Wednesday that he was never present at the meeting. He said he stayed at the hotel before going to a rally in Virginia.

Daniel Beck, CEO of Idaho-based Txtwire, described a rally in a Facebook post published the day before the riot.

“Fifteen of us spent the evening with Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Tommy Tuberville, Michael J. Lindell, Peter Navarro and Rudy Giuliani. We talked about the elections, illegal votes, court cases, the status of republics, what to expect on the hill tomorrow. TRUMP WILL REMAIN THE PRESIDENCY !!! ”the message read.

Charles Herbster, a Republican candidate vying for the next governor of Nebraska, also put Lindell in the same group on Jan.5 at the Trump Hotel.

Lindell was pictured leaving the White House days after the attack on the Capitol. The papers Lindell carried read in part “martial law if necessary.”

He also attended rallies organized by Women for American First, a pro-Trump nonprofit group that helped organize the rally that sparked the riot on Capitol Hill.

MyPillow paid the organization $ 100,000 for a sponsorship advertisement on the group’s bus, which traveled to various pro-Trump rallies across the country from November 2020 to mid-December of the same year. Photos of the Women for America First bus show the MyPillow sign on the side of the vehicle. This group later organized what it called a “caravan” in Washington on January 5.

The Jan.6 committee subpoenaed the group’s executives, including Cynthia Chafian, who submitted the first permit application on behalf of Women for America First, and Amy Kremer and Kylie Jane Kremer, who are believed to be the founders of the group. .

The bus tour was called “March for Trump” and took place in several locations, including Iowa, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, in December. Many speakers at the stops made unsubstantiated statements about the election, for example that the vote was “stolen” and that the election was an act of “betrayal”.

Lindell told the December crowd in Washington that he was in contact with Trump’s legal advisers, such as Sidney Powell, after the election.

“I spoke to Sidney Powell last night and she said, right now it’s in the Supreme Court, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia and these are the real trials. Texas hadn’t been the one we were all working on, ”Lindell told the crowd.

Voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems sued Lindell for $ 1.3 billion earlier last year, accusing him of plotting false 2020 election conspiracies “because lies sells pillows.” . MyPillow then filed a $ 1.6 billion counter-lawsuit against Dominion.

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