Mike Lindell says he hired investigators to find out why network won’t book him
Mike Lindell, the formerly ubiquitous purveyor of both Donald Trump’s election lies and his own range of My Pillow bedding accoutrements, says he has hired private investigators to find out why he appears to have fallen out of favor with Fox News. Speaking on a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon, a former White House strategist and another champion of the former president’s lies about supposed election fraud, Lindell accused Fox News of a conspiracy against him, presumably to keep hidden the “absolute proof” he insists he has that Trump’s defeat by Joe Biden was rigged.
“You know, I’m gonna have those answers soon because I’ve hired private investigators and I’ve spent a lot of money on them to investigate everything,” Lindell said, when Bannon asked why he hadn’t seen him on Fox News recently.
“The bots and trolls, who’s behind them?” Lindell added. “Why is Facebook involved, Wikipedia involved? And then the big question: why isn’t Fox having people on? Why isn’t Fox on there talking about Dominion and Smartmatic and the election fraud?”
Dominion, a Canadian company whose vote-counting equipment was used in the 2020 election, has filed multi-billion dollar defamation lawsuits against Fox, Lindell and Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, for repeating false allegations including that its machines switched votes to Biden.
The Florida company Smartmatic, meanwhile, has launched legal action to counter smears that claim its voting software also changed votes. In January, Fox News aired a bizarre fact check-cum-retraction seeking to distance itself from suggestions of fraud made by its own Trump-supporting presenters.
Powell has defended herself with the extraordinary argument that “no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact”. Lindell has continued to argue and expand on what has become known as the Big Lie.
In an earlier rant on the Bannon podcast, Lindell insisted Trump “would be back in office by August” and that his investigators had uncovered “absolute proof” he would present to the supreme court that Biden’s victory was fraudulent.
“The election of 2020 is going bye-bye,” Lindell said, implicating an unnamed foreign country in a plot to overthrow Trump and bring communism to the US.
Lindell was once a regular guest on Fox News and his company remains a prolific advertiser. But he has not been seen on air for several months, according to Business Insider.
In an interview on the Eric Metaxas radio show in March, Lindell claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy that Fox News was “in on”.
“I want to say one thing here,” he said. “Here’s things that don’t make sense. Let’s just talk about Fox. You’re already sued. It’s too late to close the gate. The cows are already out of the barn!”
Meanwhile, Good Pillow, a company set up by social activists to counter Lindell’s My Pillow brand, has lost a key partner, the prominent gun control campaigner and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.
Other leaders of the March for Our Lives movement accused the Harvard student of “grift” for his involvement in the venture, which was announced in February, days before the third anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in which 17 people were killed.
In a series of tweets on Saturday night to announce his resignation, the 20-year-old said: “I realized that given my activism, schoolwork, and family commitments, I could not give 100% to being a full time co-founder at Good Pillow.”
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling associates he had no idea his Justice Department seized phone records of two top Democratic congressional critics of then-President Donald Trump. In the hours since The New York Times broke the news on Thursday that prosecutors subpoenaed Apple metadata from Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA), former Attorney General Sessions has privately told people that he wasn’t aware of, nor was he briefed on, the reported data seizures while he led the Trump DOJ. This week’s revelations were a surprise to him, according to a source familiar with the matter, and another person close to Sessions.
The US justice department’s internal watchdog launched an investigation on Friday after revelations that former president Donald Trump’s administration secretly seized phone data from at least two House Democrats as part of an aggressive leaks inquiry related to the Russia investigation into Trump’s conduct.
Donald Trump called Joe Biden a “mental retard” during the 2020 election, a new book says, but was reluctant to attack him too strongly for fear the Democrats would replace him with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. Biden went on to beat Trump by more than 7m in the popular vote and by 306-232 in the electoral college, a result Trump deemed a landslide when it was in his favor against Clinton in 2016.
The deadly insurrection at the US Capitol was “planned in plain sight” but intelligence failures left police officers exposed to a violent mob of Trump supporters, a Senate investigation has found. The Capitol police intelligence division had been gathering online data since December about plots to storm the building on 6 January, including messages such as: “Bring guns. It’s now or never.” But a combination of bad communications, poor planning, faulty equipment and lack of leadership meant the warnings went unheeded, allowing the insurrectionists to overrun the Capitol and disrupt certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Five people died.