Trump’s allies are rounding on Lin Wood after he tweeted about executing Mike Pence and arresting Mitch McConnell

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Attorney Lin Wood at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on December 2, 2020.

  • On Friday, the pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood tweeted that Vice President Mike Pence should be arrested for treason and executed by firing squad.
  • He also blamed Chief Justice John Roberts and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the election results.
  • The remarks prompted Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s campaign, and the conservative student Nicholas Sandmann to issue tweets distancing themselves from his remarks.
  • Wood doubled down on the comments over the weekend, saying that Pence should “resign,” and that he is “fine” and loves Trump and America.
  • In recent weeks, Wood has filed or joined lawsuits to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. Wood has also cited conspiracy theories in the past.
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Allies of President Donald Trump are rounding on the pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood after he tweeted about executing Vice President Mike Pence and arresting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On Friday night, Wood posted a series of unhinged tweets blaming “THE REPUBLICANS” for stealing the 2020 election from Trump, adding: “When arrests for treason begin, put Chief Justice John Roberts, VP Mike Pence, & Mitch McConnell at top of list.”

In separate tweets, Wood said that the military should arrest those Republican figures and that Pence should “face execution by firing squad,” adding: “He is a coward & will sing like a bird & confess ALL.”

Neither Pence, Roberts, McConnell, nor Trump have commented on Wood’s tweets, but two prominent allies of the president have attacked Wood for his remarks.

Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for the Trump campaign, tweeted on Friday night: “To be clear: I do not support the statements from Attorney Lin Wood. I support the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.”

Nicholas Sandmann, the pro-Trump high school student who sued multiple media outlets, also tweeted Friday: “I’m sorry but what the hell.”

Wood had represented Sandmann in his defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post and other outlets in February 2019 over their coverage of a video that showed him face-to-face with a Native American activist earlier that year.

When challenged on his comments against Wood, Sandmann tweeted on Saturday: “True loyalty involves criticism when necessary.”

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Wood in Los Angeles, California, in December 2019.

On Friday night, Wood appeared to respond to the comments against him, saying: “The tweets about my insanity are at an all time high this morning … No worries. I am fine. The attacks do not concern me.”

He doubled down on his remarks against Pence over the weekend, saying that Pence “should reject the fraud & then resign,” apparently referring to the baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump due to widespread voter fraud.

Early Sunday morning, Wood also posted a photo of him with four dogs, saying “I love” America, Trump, the recently-pardoned Michael Flynn, and the conspiracy-theorist lawyer Sidney Powell.

Since Election Day, Wood has made several attempts to undermine President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and has filed or joined lawsuits to overturn the election results in Georgia and Michigan.

In recent weeks, he has also cited conspiracy theories, including a QAnon-linked theory about Dominion Voting Systems last month and a claim that the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was still alive earlier this week. Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial in August 2019.

Meanwhile, Pence has been criticized by Republicans and reportedly Trump himself for not sufficiently supporting the president’s absurd claims of election fraud.

Since Election Day, Pence has made few public appearances; he has often been absent during Trump’s most damaging moments.

However, on Saturday, the vice president said he “welcomes” the efforts of GOP lawmakers to oppose the certification of the Electoral College votes that cemented Biden’s win. The objections could delay the results’ certification but would not change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

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Trump discussed Sidney Powell as voter fraud special counsel in White House meeting, report says

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Sidney Powell.

  • President Donald Trump on Friday discussed naming attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to a report from The New York Times.
  • According to The Times, most of his advisors didn’t support the plan, including Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney.
  • Trump elevating Powell to such a role would be a stunning turnaround from just last month, when Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said that she was “practicing law on her own” after being purged from the campaign team.
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President Donald Trump on Friday discussed naming attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to a report from The New York Times.

The Times report cited two people familiar with the talks, and it was not evident whether Trump would follow through with the plan.

According to The Times, most of his advisors didn’t support the plan, including Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney and the face of his campaign’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

While Giuliani joined the meeting by phone, Powell was at the White House, with the discussions being “raucous at times,” according to the report. Other administration officials popped in and out of meeting, with resistance to the proposed ideas coming from White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Powell reportedly lashed out at other Trump advisors, calling them “quitters.”

The president “has been in contact with Ms. Powell in recent days, despite the fact that the campaign last month sought to distance itself from her as she aired wild and baseless claims about Dominion Voting Systems machines, which were used in some states, somehow being connected to a Venezuelan plot to control the election,” the Times reported.

Trump considering Powell for such a role would be a stunning turnaround from just last month when Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said she was “practicing law on her own” after being purged from the campaign team.

Dominion officials, incensed by the allegations, have threatened to sue her for defamation if she fails to retract her allegations about the company. The company, which has long had contracts from a range of states controlled by Democrats and Republicans, said that Powell’s allegations against the company have damaged its business.

“Your reckless disinformation campaign is predicated on lies that have endangered Dominion’s business and the lives of its employees,” the company said in a letter obtained by Insider. “Dominion has never provided machines or any of its software or technology to Venezuela, nor has it ever participated in any elections to Venezuela. It did not receive $400 million from the Chinese in the weeks before the 2020 election. It has no ties to the Chinese government, the Venezuelan government, George Soros, Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Monster.”

During the White House meeting, there was also “a discussion about an executive order to take control of voting machines to examine them,” according to the Times report. 

Giuliani reportedly inquired about the Department of Homeland Security seizing control of voting machines but was told that the department could not take such an action.

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