Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia, doesn’t know the Pledge of Allegiance, video suggests

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In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, then-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

  • Former national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared at a campaign event for Lin Wood on Sunday.
  • Flynn began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for the crowd but stopped after starting the wrong word.
  • Flynn plead guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about contact with Russia, but was pardoned by Trump.
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It appears former national security adviser Michael Flynn doesn’t know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.

On Sunday, Flynn appeared at a campaign event for Lin Wood, a pro-Trump attorney, held at the Honkeytonk Saloon in Ladson, South Carolina, The Post and Courier reported. Hundreds of supporters attended the rally, including the Bikers for Trump group.

In a video of the event shared on Twitter, Flynn appeared on stage and announced he was going to say the pledge of allegiance and that the audience was going to say it along with him.

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“I want you to hear, not just listen, I want you to hear every single word of the Pledge of Allegiance,” Flynn said. “That is our pledge to each other, that is our pledge to this country.”

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,” Flynn began. He then started to say what sounds like “indiv-” before cutting himself off as the crowd continued.

After a moment, he picked back up with the crowd to finish it off: “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The full Pledge of Allegiance is: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Flynn served as national security adviser for President Donald Trump from January 2017 to February 2017 before resigning over reports he had lied about contact with a Russian official. In December 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations about his communications with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the US at the time.

He later accused the Justice Department of entrapment and moved to withdraw his guilty plea. In November of 2020, he was pardoned by Trump. Flynn has become a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory, Insider’s Rachel E. Greenspan reported, deepening his ties with conspiracy promoters like Wood and Sidney Powell.

The event Sunday was in support of Wood’s campaign for South Carolina GOP chairman.

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Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood receives standing ovation after making ‘QAnon’ gestures to crowd, report says

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Attorney Lin Wood, member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, gestures while speaking during a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga.

  • Lin Wood repeatedly drew a ‘Q’ symbol with his finger at a conference, Newsweek reported.
  • The lawyer also referred to ‘Q’ several times and falsely claimed that Trump is still president.
  • The ‘Q’ symbol is associated with the discredited, far-right conspiracy theory ‘QAnon.’
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Lin Wood, a far-right attorney and loyal ally to former President Donald Trump, sent an audience into a frenzy when he made ‘Q’ gestures during a convention speech on Friday, according to Newsweek.

The Georgia lawyer, who has gained notoriety for spreading election misinformation and calling for former Vice President Mike Pence’s execution, spoke at the conservative Health and Freedom Conference at Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He repeatedly drew a ‘Q’ symbol in their air with his right index finger, Newsweek reported.

The letter ‘Q’ has become synonymous with the far-right conspiracy movement ‘QAnon.’ Adherents of this discredited conspiracy theory believe that a mythical cabal of Satanic pedophiles, who are thought to be part of the “deep state,” work together to undermine former President Donald Trump.

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During Wood’s speech, Newsweek reported, he referenced ‘Q’ several times.

“He [God] is going to rebirth you into the spirit world and create exactly the person that he intended you to be,” Wood said, according to the media outlet. “There’s your Q.”

The audience, Newsweek said, then began cheering and rose for a standing ovation while he continued to sound out and draw the letter.

“That is Q. What does that Q mean?” he reportedly continued. “Don’t you ever give up hope on this country.”

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A Trump supporters holds up a large QAnon sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018/

Wood then proceeded to claim falsely that Trump is still in office. “He won the presidency and he is the person that we the people selected,” Wood said, according to Newsweek. “Donald J. Trump is still the president of the United States of America. He is your president.”

He also used the speech to target Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, and to compare himself to the Hebrew King David, the media outlet said.

Wood, who is best known for painting a false narrative of a stolen election by filing failed lawsuits, is no stranger to controversy.

He was permanently banned from using Twitter after violating a suspension by inciting violence, BuzzFeed News reported.

The State Bar of Georgia is also looking into disciplining him for imploring his followers to target members of the institution, Insider’s Connor Perrett previously reported.

The Health and Freedom Conference dedicated to opposing the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of freedoms is due to conclude Saturday night with a mask burning ceremony.

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Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood is reportedly under investigation over whether he voted illegally in the November election

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Attorney Lin Wood, member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, speaks during a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga.

  • Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood is reportedly under investigation over whether he voted illegally in 2020.
  • Wood pushed baseless claims of election fraud and had threatening posts removed from Parler.
  • In response to the investigation, Wood said he had been a resident of Georgia up until Monday.
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Lin Wood, a conservative attorney and pro-Trump ally who litigated numerous failed attempts to overturn the 2020 election, is now under investigation by the state of Georgia over whether or not he was a legal voter in the very election he claimed was fraudulent, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Wood has been a frequent and vocal critic of the integrity of the 2020 election and sought to undermine President Joe Biden’s win over Donald Trump, but not a single court of law found any of his claims to have merit. 

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has now launched an investigation to determine if Wood was actually a resident of Georgia and if he broke the law by casting his vote in the state, WSB-TV reported.

Officials from the office told the outlet that an email Wood sent to WSB-TV reporter Justin Gray prompted them to launch the investigation. In the email, Wood said he had moved to South Carolina and had been residing there for months.

“I have been domiciled in South Carolina for several months after purchasing property in the state in April,” the email said. “My decision to change my residency to South Carolina has nothing to do with the frivolous and politically-motivated actions of the State Bar of Georgia.”

The State Bar of Georgia said last month that it is investigating two complaints against the attorney and had requested that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Wood had previously posted a threat to former Vice President Mike Pence on Parler and has accused other officials of cheating Trump out of the presidency. Wood responded to the inquiry by refusing to take the requested mental health assessment and insisted he didn’t violate any professional code.

Following Wood’s email to Gray, state election officers are investigating whether his residence in South Carolina means he shouldn’t have been able to vote in Georgia.

“If a person removes to another state with the intention of making it such person’s residence, such person shall be considered to have lost such person’s residence in this state,” according to a section of Georgia code cited by investigators.

Insider reached out to Wood and the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office for comment on the investigation. 

In a response to the investigation, Wood sent Gray an email saying he had only changed his residency to South Carolina yesterday, on February 1.

“I have been a resident of the State of Georgia since 1955. I changed my residency to South Carolina yesterday,” Wood wrote. “This is pure harassment by the Georgia Secretary of State because I have revealed credible evidence of election fraud on the part of Brad Raffensperger.” 

Raffensperger is Georgia’s Secretary of State. In January, a conversation between Raffensperger and Trump was leaked, during which Trump urged the official to “find” 11,000 votes in order to deny Biden his victory.

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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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A federal appeals court unanimously shut down a conservative lawyer’s attempt to block Biden’s presidential win in Georgia

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Attorney Lin Wood, member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, speaks during a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga.

  • A US federal appeals court dismissed a bid by conservative lawyer Lin Wood to block President-elect Joe Biden’s win in Georgia, the latest in a string of Trump-aligned legal setbacks to overturn the November election results.
  • The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled in a 3-0 decision to deny Wood’s request to block the certification of Georgia’s results, which they said was moot since the results have already been certified.
  • The court stated that Wood “had to prove that his suit presents a justifiable controversy,” but that “he failed to satisfy this burden.”
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A US federal appeals court dismissed a bid by conservative lawyer Lin Wood to block President-elect Joe Biden’s win in Georgia, the latest in a string of Trump-aligned legal setbacks to overturn the November election results.

The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled in a 3-0 decision to deny Wood’s request to block the certification of Georgia’s results, which they said was moot, since the statewide results were certified on November 20. The decision affirmed a ruling by the lower US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia that tossed the lawsuit.

The court stated that Wood “had to prove that his suit presents a justifiable controversy,” but that “he failed to satisfy this burden.”

“We may not entertain post-election contests about garden-variety issues of vote counting and misconduct that may properly be filed in state courts,” the court added.

Biden won conservative-leaning Georgia by a little over 12,000 votes, or a 0.26% margin, on his way to securing the state’s 16 electoral votes. President Donald Trump, who continues to be upset about his loss in the Peach State, has insisted that he failed to win the state due to mass voter fraud, a debunked claim that he has failed to substantiate.

Wood, a staunch ally of Trump, along with lawyer Sidney Powell, have come under intense scrutiny in recent days for spreading debunked allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities, providing no verifiable proof to back up their assertions. While Powell was initially associated with the Trump campaign’s legal efforts, the campaign recently purged her from its team, saying that she “is practicing law on her own.”

Over the past month, the Trump campaign has suffered dozens of losses in court, with lawsuits tossed in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Many of the rulings have indicated that there was no evidence of any election-related wrongdoing.

Georgia Republicans have recently voiced concern that the Trump campaign’s legal efforts and the attacks on Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger might depress the conservative base ahead of the January 2021 runoff elections featuring GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

Both candidates are facing stiff challenges from Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively – if Democrats can clinch both seats, then they will create a 50-50 split in the Senate and provide the party with a working majority with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

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