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Trump attorney John Eastman says federal agents seized his phone

John Eastman, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, said in a court filing Monday that federal agents seized his phone last week. File Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA
John Eastman, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, said in a court filing Monday that federal agents seized his phone last week. File Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

June 27 (UPI) -- John Eastman, a former attorney for President Donald Trump who urged that Joe Biden's 2020 election be blocked, said in a court filing Monday that federal agents have seized his phone.

Eastman filed a lawsuit in federal court in New Mexico alleging that the search and seizure was improper and requesting that a federal judge force the Justice Department to return his phone, destroy records it had obtained and block investigators from further accessing the device.

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The filing states that Eastman's phone was seized on Wednesday as he walked to his car after dining at a restaurant with his wife and a friend.

FBI agents patted Eastman down, seized his phone and "forced" him to unlock it, he said.

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"The federal agents identified themselves as FBI agents, but they appeared to be executing a warrant issued at the behest of the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General," the filing states.

A seizure warrant document included in the filing said the phone was to be sent to Washington, D.C., or the Justice Department inspector general's forensic lab in northern Virginia.

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Eastman is believed to have helped craft Trump's White House legal strategy to get then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 Electoral College voting on Jan. 6, 2021.

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In February, he told a federal court that 11,000 White House documents should not be seen by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots because of attorney-related privileges.

The alleged seizure came on the same day that federal agents searched the home of former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark.

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