Lin Wood, the QAnon-loving, pro-Trump lawyer who has been a driving force in spreading the Big Lie that the presidential election was stolen, is now claiming to have nothing to do with a lawsuit challenging election results in Michigan.
Wood’s claims, made in a sanctions hearing on Monday, are undermined somewhat by the fact that his name appears on the original court filing that claimed the Democrats conspired with poll worker, and with China and Iran, to hack voting machines and switch votes from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.
The lawsuit, part of a wide-ranging effort known as the Kraken lawsuits orchestrated by a group of pro-Trump lawyers spearheaded by Wood and Sidney Powell, was filed in Michigan but was roundly dismissed by U.S. District Judge Linda Parker on Dec. 7. In her 36-page ruling, Parker said Wood and Powell were asking the court to “ignore the will of millions of voters. This, the Court cannot, and will not, do. The People have spoken.”
The sanctions hearing on Monday, again in front of Parker, is an attempt to hold the Kraken lawyers, who spearheaded the legal effort to pursue Trump’s election fraud conspiracies, to account. The hearing took place shortly after Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had his law license suspended.
“The court is concerned that these affidavits were submitted in bad faith,” Parker told the lawyers facing her.
David Fink, a lawyer representing the city of Detroit, said the city was asking Parker to refer the lawyers for disbarment proceedings, pointing out that their efforts helped incite the insurrection in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.
“It does fuel the fires of the online conspirators and the conspiracy theories who want to use this. This was not an accident. If they don't make out a legal theory with the facts they're presenting, it's right for the court to ask why they're presenting the facts.”
Parker last week demanded that all the lawyers who signed a pleading or a brief appear virtually in her courtroom via Zoom, meaning that Powell and Wood were joined by half a dozen other lawyers in the virtual courtroom.
Parker methodically went through more than a dozen affidavits from so-called expert witnesses, and in each case asked the lawyers what due diligence they had done to ensure that the claims being made in the filing were true.
In almost all the cases, the lawyers said they had done nothing to ensure what was being presented was accurate, but claimed that such an interrogation of the facts was only necessary at a trial or evidentiary hearing.
But Parker dismissed many of the claims made in the lawsuit as “total speculation” and “fantastical.” She added that she would issue her verdict about sanctions at a later date.
Almost immediately Wood, who continuously disappeared from view for brief periods during the hearing, attempted to distance himself from the lawsuit.
“I played absolutely no role in the drafting of the complaint,” Wood said in the early moments of the hearing, adding later that he had no role in submitting any of the filings that made up the lawsuit. “I did not review any of the documents with respect to the complaint. I just had no involvement in it whatsoever.”
But Wood’s colleague Powell didn’t help his case when she said she would not have used Wood’s name on the court documents without his permission.
“Might there have been a misunderstanding?” she added rhetorically. “That’s certainly possible.”
At the very beginning of the six-hour hearing, Parker made it very clear to all of those involved that they were not to post a recording or screenshot of any part of the hearing online, saying it was “absolutely prohibited” under Local Rule 83.32 (e)(2) for the Eastern District of Michigan.
But this may have been one of the many times when Wood left his seat, because within minutes of the hearing closing, Wood posted a clip of Powell’s testimony to his Telegram channel, where he has amassed 840,000 followers.
The video clip was accompanied by a rant in which Wood that compared Monday’s proceedings to “a hearing in Venezuela or Communist China.”
Wood subsequently deleted the post and the video clip after he was advised to do so by his lawyer. But he continued to rail against Parker, who he called “an Obama appointee” (Parker was appointed in 2013). “Pretty much says it all, don’t you?"
He also criticized the ban on posting clips from the hearing.
“Did the court really think the public would not record the public hearing when the court made it available online to the public???” Wood wrote on Telegram. “We live in extraordinary times.”
He also explained his numerous disappearances from his chair during the proceedings.
“Now don’t go and get me in trouble by telling on me with the court but many times today I moved away from the camera because I was chuckling at the errant nonsense being spewed by David Fink and his supporters at the Zoom hearing,” Wood told his followers.
Despite Wood’s attempt to distance himself from the lawsuit, he is more than willing to repeat the lies that are contained within it.
“I will keep speaking TRUTH. Trump won. Biden lost. And God is real,” Wood said, before signing off for the night with the QAnon phrase: “Where we go one, we go all.”