Thursday, February 2

Fulton prosecutors to seek testimony of libel lawyer Lin Wood


“I didn’t do anything wrong, I’ll tell you that,” he said. “I’ll go down there and tell them what they want to know.”

The Fulton DA’s office declined to comment. Ibrahim Reyes, Wood’s Florida-based attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wood’s name first surfaced publicly in connection with the grand jury investigation last week as part of Powell’s summons.

Her certificate of material witness cites comments Wood made during a December 2021 interview with CNBC as a reason why Powell’s testimony is essential to the investigation.

During that interview, Wood discussed meetings he held at his Lowcountry South Carolina plantation shortly after the 2020 election with Powell, Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn and other prominent Trump supporters.

The meetings were held, Powell’s certificate alleges, “for the purpose of exploring options to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.”

Wood told CNBC that he remembers “making a couple of phone calls to speak to individuals that (Powell) was trying to talk into being plaintiffs, I believe in Georgia” for election lawsuits.

“I think we had, kind of, passing conversations of what she was learning,” he said of Powell. “I know she talked to me about information about Venezuela.”

Powell’s summons said she “possesses unique knowledge concerning the logistics, planning, and subject matter of the meetings at the South Carolina plantation” and requests that she come testify before the grand jury on September 22.

In December 2020, Wood and Powell appeared at a rally in Alpharetta at which he claimed, without citing evidence, that Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had accepted bribes to throw Georgia’s electoral votes to Joe Biden. He also called on Trump supporters to be put their lives on the line for the cause of reversing the election results.

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The grand jury is interested in what it’s described in recent subpoenas as “multi-state, coordinated efforts to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.”

Wood has lived full time on the South Carolina property since February 2021. But he made a name for himself suing news organizations, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for libel on behalf of Richard Jewell, the initial suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996. An appeals court ultimately dismissed his case against the paper, ruling that the article in question was substantially correct at the time of publication.

Wood has represented others who have felt maligned and disrespected by the government, media and others, including JonBenet Ramsay’s brother and Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with killing two Black Lives Matter protesters in Wisconsin in 2020.

On Jan. 6, 2021, shortly before Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory, Wood rallied his 1.1 million Twitter followers. “This is our time,” he wrote. “Time to take back our country. Time to fight for our freedom.”

‘TODAY IS OUR DAY,’ he wrote.

Twitter later banned him from the platform.




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