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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Senate confirms Antony Blinken as Biden’s secretary of state

Antony Blinken speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Antony Blinken as secretary of state with a 78-22 vote. 
  • Blinken is a veteran diplomat with a long working relationship with President Joe Biden. 
  • Blinken, along with Biden, has made repairing America’s alliances a top priority. 
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The Senate voted 78-22 on Tuesday to confirm Antony Blinken as secretary of state, ushering in a new era of American diplomacy.

Though Blinken was confirmed in a bipartisan vote, he received the least support from Senate Republicans out of all President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees so far. With that said, Blinken still received more votes in favor of his confirmation than both secretaries of state under President Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson (56-43) and Mike Pompeo (57-42). The Senate has so far confirmed four of Biden’s Cabinet nominees

Blinken, who formerly served as deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration, has a long history of working with Biden. When Biden was vice president, Blinken was his national security advisor. He also served as staff director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when Biden was chairman. 

Biden’s decision to tap Blinken to be America’s top diplomat was applauded by members of the foreign policy community across the political spectrum.

“This is a good choice. Tony has the strong confidence of the president-elect and the knowledge and experience for the important work of rebuilding US diplomacy,” Matt Duss, a foreign policy advisor to the progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, tweeted in November. 

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, in November said he was “delighted” to learn Biden had selected Blinken for the role. 

During his confirmation hearing, Blinken underscored the importance of American leadership in the world. Biden has made repairing US alliances a key competent of his foreign policy agenda as part of a broader effort to repair America’s global reputation post-Trump. 

“American leadership still matters. The reality is the world simply does not organize itself. When we’re not engaged, when we’re not leading, then one of two things is likely to happen: Either some other country tries to take our place, but not in a way that’s likely to advance our interests and values, or maybe just as bad, no one does, and then you have chaos,” Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

Blinken signaled that the Biden administration will focus heavily on countering Russia, Iran, and China on the global stage. He also said that the US will move to end support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, marking a major break from the policy of the Trump administration toward the kingdom. 

The incoming secretary of state is poised to take a drastically different approach to the job than his predecessor, Mike Pompeo, who frequently decried multilateralism and criticized international institutions like the United Nations. 

The Biden administration has already made big moves on the foreign policy front, with the president signing executive orders to return the US to the Paris climate accord and World Health Organization. Both Blinken and Biden have emphasized that tackling climate change will be a major priority in concert with rekindling key partnerships. 

“We can take on the existential threat posed by climate change. We can revitalize our core alliances, force multipliers of our influence around the world. Together, we are far better positioned to counter threats from Russia, Iran, North Korea, and to stand up for democracy and human rights,” Blinken said on January 19. “And in everything we do around the world, I believe that we can and we must ensure that our foreign policy is actually working to deliver for American working families, here at home.”

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