John Eastman testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Federal agents have seized the phone of John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump during his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, according to a court filing Monday.

Eastman revealed the seized in a lawsuit, filed Monday in a New Mexico federal court, seeking the return of property from the government. According to his filing, FBI agents acting on behalf of the Justice Department’s internal watchdog stopped Eastman as he was leaving a restaurant on June 22 and seized his phone.

A copy of the search warrant, included in Eastman’s court filings, said the phone would be taken to the Justice Department inspector general’s forensic lab in northern Virginia.

The seizure marked only the latest indication of how the Justice Department is intensifying its criminal investigation into Trump’s ultimately failed effort to remain in office and prevent the peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden.

On the same day FBI agents seized Eastman’s phone, federal investigators descended on the home of Jeff Clark, a former Justice Department official who eagerly advanced Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. 

This is a developing story.

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