MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has argued that his false claims of massive fraud in the 2020 election have “classical basis” while suing the House Select Committee on January 6 over a subpoena of his phone records.
The conservative pillow magnate disclosed the existence of a “corrupt” summons from the committee in a text message to CNBC on Wednesday, while insisting that his legal team had taken action to “completely invalidate” the summons.
Lindell told the outlet, “I wasn’t there on January 6th and yes they subpoenaed my phone records, but we did file declaratory and injunctive relief against the January 6th committee and Verizon to completely invalidate this corrupt subpoena.” filed a complaint for
In a legal complaint filed the same day against the committee, lawyers for its individual members and Verizon, Lindell—a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election—argue that he is the victim. Religious discrimination.
The suit argues that Lindell’s promotion of false fraud claims is “in part, motivated by his strongly held religious beliefs,” noting that there is an unspecified “classical basis” for what Lindell has said.
“Mr Lindell’s activities are widely known,” the suit states. “His speeches and publications regularly articulate his religious belief and the Scriptural basis for it. He regularly engages with others of similar religious belief to organize the 2020 electoral integrity activities.”
According to the suit, with Lindell “whose identity and affiliation” are not “publicly known”, “such contacts wish to remain confidential”. As a result, revealing the identities of like-minded religious confidants who support “efforts to raise awareness of alleged irregularities” would be a violation of Lindell’s religious freedom.
“Mr. Lindell’s compelling disclosure of religious and political activities and associations is an infringement of his First Amendment rights to freedom of association, the free exercise of the rights of religion, as well as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly rights,” the document said. tells.
“Enforcement of the summons would violate the rights of Mr. Lindell and his sources to freedom of religion, speech, press, political expression, and to engage with others to advance their shared beliefs,” it continues. “These rights are guaranteed by the First Amendment.”
The suit also claims that Lindell “enjoys First Amendment protections as a journalist and publisher.” Other claims include claims that the subpoena violates the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment provision against unreasonable searches and seizures and that the committee itself was illegally organized because it did not include an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.
Verizon recently notified Lindell of the summons, which he is said to call for his phone records from November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, according to the suit. Lyndale’s attorneys are seeking an “order to annul the subpoena as unlawful and invalid and to restrain its enforcement” and declarations that the subpoena was unconstitutional.
newsweek The January 6 committee reached out to the offices of committee chair Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), Verizon, and MyPillow for comment.