The Justice Department had obtained a warrant, approved by a federal judge, to perform the search, according to the court record.
Lindell’s challenge followed others from prominent Trump supporters and advisers, who had their own phones seized in investigations related to January 6, 2021, and the 2020 election. Challenges of such seizures have routinely failed in getting a court to intervene.
Lindell has not been charged with any crime.
The records, obtained recently by CNN, showed the Justice Department is gathering evidence related to three potential crimes in Mesa County, Colorado: identity theft, intentional damage to a protected computer and/or conspiracy to commit either.
The investigation appears to be looking at possible crimes separate from the January 6, 2021, federal criminal investigation into the attempt to overturn the election’s result by Trump acolytes in late 2020 and early 2021.