Our good friend Christian conservative entrepreneur Mike Lindell, founder of MyPillow, yesterday had his phone seized by the FBI in a raid similar to those that have hit more than 50 MAGA conservative leaders and former Trump staffers.
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz of the Post Millennial reported Documents posted by Lindell reveal the purported reasoning, with a page titled "Items to be seized" reading: that "the physical cellular telephone assigned call number [redacted] "LINDELL CELLPHONE" and "All records and information on the LINDELL CELLPHONE that constitute fruits, evidence, or instrumentalities of ... identity theft..." as well as "intentional damage to a protected computer" and/or "conspiracy to commit identity theft and/or to cause intentional damage to a protected computer."
During yesterday's episode of the Lindell Report, the MyPillow CEO explained that he and his friend stopped at a Hardee's drive-thru on the way home from a fishing trip near Mankato, Minnesota.
"We pulled through the drive-thru, they take the order, we pull up, and she says pull ahead," Lindell said, noting that when they did, another car came and parked perpendicular to them, essentially blocking them in the drive-thru. According to Mr. Wakerell-Cruz’s reporting, Lindell said that another car came up shortly after and pinned them in on the right side, with another customer blocking their rear end.
Lindell told the Post Millennial that the FBI agents began asking him questions about Colorado and Dominion voting machines, and eventually told him that they had "some bad news," telling him that they had a warrant for his cell phone, and would be confiscating it, to which Lindell replied that he needed it to "run five companies" as he doesn't have a computer. Lindell also told the agents that his phone controls his hearing aids, reported Mr. Wakerell-Cruz.
Other items that were to be seized were "All records and information relating to damage to any Dominion computerized voting system, including any impairment to, or attempt to impair, the integrity or availability of data, a program, a system, or information... All records and information relating to BIOS on any Dominion computerized voting system, including any modification to, or attempt to modify, a BIOS setting... All records and information relating to the attachment of any peripheral to any Dominion computerized voting system, including any USB flash storage drive or other external storage media... All records and information relating to the operation of any Optical Disc Drive on any Dominion computerized voting system, including the use or attempted use of CDs or DVDs to run software," along with eight other sections of items that were to be seized.
Colorado has been one of the hotspots of allegations of fraud related to Dominion voting machines.
While no court has found Dominion machines to be responsible for changing election results, controversy has swirled from the 2020 election through this year when in June Colorado election officials received an advisory about software vulnerabilities in Dominion Voting Systems electronic voting machines, but officials say they remain confident in the integrity of the state’s election process.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, which sent the advisory, said that the machines, which are used in at least 16 states, can be susceptible to hacking, as reported by the Associated Press.
The advisory reportedly made clear that there is no evidence that the machines’ flaws were used to change election results, simply that they exist. It deals with potential vulnerabilities with ImageCast X, a Dominion product that can be used as a ballot marking device. In some states, like Georgia, the machines print a paper ballot with a barcode after a voter selects their choices. The voter can check a summary of the votes, and then a scanner uses that barcode to tally votes.
Those codes can be subject to attacks that exploit vulnerabilities, such as the barcode being inconsistent with the human-readable summary list of the voter’s selection, the advisory said.
A spokeswoman for Colorado’s Democrat Secretary of State Jena Griswold, said Colorado has never used the ICX software version that researchers evaluated in the report that the advisory is based on. In fact, Griswold’s office claims ICX usage in Colorado is limited: In 2020, 2.5% of the ballots were cast using the equipment. In 2021, roughly 0.5% of ballots used it.
Coloradonewsline.com reporters observed Colorado has landed at the forefront of election security issues after Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a Republican, allegedly facilitated a security breach that resulted in sensitive election systems passwords being given to independent election integrity investigators.
A grand jury in Colorado indicted Peters, alleging she was part of a “deceptive scheme” to breach voting system technology that is used across the country, according to the indictment. Peters, a Republican who was elected in 2018, was charged with seven felony and three misdemeanor counts, including attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation and first-degree official misconduct. Also facing charges in the case is Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley. A district court judge subsequently barred Peters from overseeing the 2022 primary and general elections in her county.
Peters in August of 2021 appeared onstage at a “cybersymposium” hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who supported Trump’s claims of a stolen election and promised to reveal proof of that during the 2021 event.
According to reporting by Christina A. Cassidy and James Anderson of the Associated Press:
As part of the process known as a “trusted build,” files from the previous election are deleted and the software that manages elections is replaced with the original version. This is a security measure that ensures election officials are using software that has not been altered.
According to the indictment, Peters falsely introduced a person as a county employee during the state officials’ May 25 and May 26 visit for the “trusted build.” County records showed that an access card assigned to the person was used to enter a secure area in the election office the Sunday before.
Authorities have been working to determine the identity of that person, who is believed to have made two copies of the county’s voting system hard drive — one before the visit by state officials and one after it.
The person whose name and background check was presented to state officials ahead of the visit testified before the grand jury that they were, in fact, not present at the state visit and were never hired by the county, according to the indictment.
Peters has said she had the authority and an obligation to make the copies. State authorities, however, said Peters was only allowed to back up certain files and was not authorized to make a copy of the entire hard drive. Federal authorities also are investigating, reported Cassidy and Anderson.
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