QAnon attorney Lin Wood accused of trying to abscond with settlement money in battle with former law partners: report
According to a report from the Daily Beat's Will Sommers, controversial attorney Lin Wood could be in more legal hot water after emails he hid from a judge reportedly reveal he was plotting to abscond with settlement money he had previously planned to share with his former law partners.
Wood, who has been most notable recently for his involvement with the QAnon conspiracy movement which believes -- among other things-- that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump, was also at the center of lawsuits filed against CNN and the Washington Post by former Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann received that resulted in out of court settlements.
That money is now at the center of a dispute between Woods and his former law partners, Nicole Wade, Jonathan Grunberg, and Taylor Wilson, reports Sommer.
Wood "quit his practice in 2020 after a series of bizarre incidents involving Wood, including an alleged assault on one of the lawyers. For his part, while Wood concedes he described the lawyers as his 'partners,' he says they were never truly partners in his firm," the Beast report reveals with Sommer adding, "As part of the firm's break-up, Wood agreed in a March 2020 agreement to pay his ex-partners an undisclosed amount of what he would receive from Sandmann's settlements. But now, the plaintiffs in the case say Wood was already scheming behind the scenes to dupe them out of the settlement money."
The report goes on to state that Wood sent out an email to another attorney who worked on the Sandmann case, "...to sign an agreement that would take advantage of a Georgia legal rule about payments by objecting to the three other lawyers receiving any money from the Sandmann cases," with Wood reportedly writing, "In short, I need your help and the help of [Disputed Client] to nip this nonsense in the bud quickly and quietly… Will you help me?"
"In July 2020, when Wood was due to hand over the agreed share of the Sandmann money to his ex-partners, he instead insisted that he couldn't give them any money because the unnamed client had objected to anyone besides Wood receiving money. Wood would later claim that he had no role in the client's decision not to share the funds—an allegation undermined by his own emails, according to his ex-partners," the Beast is reporting. "Complicating Wood's position in the case, his ex-partners say he didn't hand over the emails during discovery, the process in which opposing sides exchange relevant documents in a case. Instead, they say Wood concealed the emails' existence, lying under oath that he had provided them with all of the documents they asked for."
Pressed by the Beast over the accusation, the attorney "called the accusations that he had lied to a judge about the alleged existence of the scheme and the emails 'provably false,' and went on to accuse the Beast report of being part of "'Operation Mockingbird,' a conspiracy theory popular with QAnon believers that holds that the CIA controls media outlets."
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received harsh criticism from former Obama administration officials following Donald Trump's political rally in Georgia.
When Trump complained about Zuckerberg at the rally, the crowd began chanting "lock him up."
"Well, they should be looking at that, Trump said.
Trump's comments came less than one week after a new report claimed the Facebook CEO cut a deal with Trump to avoid fact-checking political posts. In return, the Trump administration would not impose regulations on the social media behemoth.
"Facebook sold its soul and got a 'lock him up' chant in return. While doing its part to destroy democracy around the world," former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said.
"This speech is a real indictment of the entire strategy employed by the Facebook public policy team. Years of twisting themselves into a pretzel to appease Trump only to have him through Zuck into imaginary Gitmo," former White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer said.
"Guess those ass-kissing sessions at the White House and letting him break Facebook's rules didn't protect you Mark," former Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.
Facebook sold its soul and got a “lock him up” chant in return. While doing its part to destroy democracy around th… https://t.co/UN3olpqhjg— Ben Rhodes (@Ben Rhodes) 1632623064.0
This speech is a real indictment of the entire strategy employed by the Facebook public policy team Years of twist… https://t.co/JY3SUvg8x0— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer) 1632617559.0
Republicans in Georgia are worried that Democrats may win the governor's mansion during the 2022 midterms after Donald Trump blasted GOP Gov. Brian Kemp during a Saturday night campaign rally.
Trump did not just tear down Kemp, he also spoke kindly of Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018 and is widely expected to mount a rematch.
""Of course, having [Abrams] I think might be better than having your existing governor," Trump said. "Might, very well, be better."
"Stacey, would you like to take his place?" Trump asked. "It's okay with me."
It is highly unusual for a former president to trash a member of his own party running for re-election.
"Former President Donald Trump returned to Georgia on Saturday to showcase a trio of loyalists he's endorsed in 2022 elections, deepening an internal rift among state Republicans that helped fuel upset Democratic victories in the last election cycle," Greg Bluestein reported for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The visit only sharpened the division within a state GOP reeling from losses in November's presidential race and the Democratic sweep of U.S. Senate runoffs that flipped control of the chamber."
Trump continued to push his "Big Lie" of election fraud in the state, which may have depressed GOP turnout in the Senate runoff elections enough to allow the Democratic Party sweep.
"Tens of thousands of Trump supporters stayed home in the January runoffs as he promoted the Big Lie and attacked fellow Republicans. Trump intensified that GOP feud tonight, essentially handing [Stacey Abrams] his endorsement," Buestein posted to Twitter.
He also reported text messages he was receiving from Republican officials, one of who described the rally as "a sh*t show."
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