Lawyer L. Lin Wood holds up a Bible as he speaks during an election results press conference in Alpharetta, Georgia, the United States, on Dec. 2, 2020.
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Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood, who unsuccessfully contested the results of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory in key states, said Monday that he had virtually nothing to do with such an election lawsuit in Michigan, where he was listed as an attorney.
Wood’s attempt to distance himself from this case came in an often controversial videoconference during which a federal judge debated whether to appeal to plaintiffs and their attorneys, including pro-Trump “Kraken” attorney Sidney Powell, who filed the lawsuit, with penalties or fines should be imposed in November.
“I have not checked any of the documents related to the complaint. My name was given, but I was not involved,” Wood told District Judge Linda Parker in the virtual hearing.
“I just wasn’t involved,” said Wood, adding that he did not pursue the litigation and learned about the sanction motion through newspaper articles.
But David Fink, a Detroit city attorney, shot back that Wood had been notified by email and first-class mail and had the opportunity to withdraw the case in mid-December. “Any other portrayal of him is obviously wrong,” said Fink.
When asked about his relationship with the case, Wood told the judge that he did “I don’t specifically remember being asked about the Michigan complaint, but I had generally signaled Sidney Powell that if she needed an unquoted litigator, I would certainly be willing or available to help her.”
Powell said she “couldn’t imagine” including Wood on the lawsuit without his express knowledge.
But she added, “Could there have been a misunderstanding? It is certainly possible.”
The lawsuit was voluntarily dropped in January, a month after the judge said there was “only speculation and guesswork” to support claims that the votes for then-President Donald Trump had been switched to Biden in Great Lakes state.
The defendants in the case, including Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, are now urging the judge to impose sentences on “baseless” and “frivolous” allegations of electoral fraud.
“Instead of withdrawing or amending their lawsuit, they have chosen to stand firm with their objectively false claims, ridiculously incompetent reports and obviously untenable arguments,” argued the city in its sanctions motion in January.
The Michigan lawsuit was one of dozen of offers from Trump’s legal team and his allies to reverse his loss to Biden in 2020.
Trump, who stepped down on January 20, never won the race from the Democratic president and continues to falsely claim that the competition has been rigged.
Powell briefly appeared to be part of Trump’s legal team when he appeared at a bizarre press conference alongside the then-President’s former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in mid-November. At that press conference, Powell falsely claimed that the voting software used in the elections was linked to Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader who died in 2013.
Dominion Voting Systems, whose machines were deployed in numerous states in 2020, is currently suing Powell and Giuliani for defamation.
Last month, a New York court suspended Giuliani, citing his numerous “false and misleading statements” about Trump’s electoral defeat.
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