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Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s much-anticipated interview with Kyle Rittenhouse aired Monday night and an unexpected bombshell that dropped during the exchange involved attorneys Lin L. Wood and John Pierce, who represented Rittenhouse early on.
Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of all charges last Friday after shooting three rioters who were attacking him in Kenosha, Wisc., killing two of the men, effectively buried the two attorneys, telling Carlson that they made him languish in jail for 87 days while they raised vast amounts of money in his name — money that the teen said was for their own benefit. Not only did Rittenhouse claim they used him as a “cause,” he said they separated him from his family and disrespected his wishes.
“I was in jail for 87 days, and this falls in with Lin Wood, who — Lin Wood was raising money on my behalf,” Rittenhouse said. “And he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespecting my wishes, put me on media interviews which I should never have done, which he said, ‘Oh, you’re going to go talk to The Washington Post,’ which was not a good idea. Along with John Pierce, they said I was safer in jail instead of at home with my family.”
Carlson pushed for clarification, “Your lawyer said that?”
“My lawyer said that, John Pierce and Lin Wood,” the teen replied, before explaining that 87 days was a “very long” time to be in jail and that he lost a lot of weight — he noted with a smile that he has since gained the weight back, drawing sympathetic understanding from the Fox News host.
“But 87 days of not being with my family for defending myself and being taken advantage of, being used for a cause by these — by John Pierce and Lin Wood, trying to solicit, not solicit, trying to raise money so they can take it for their own benefit, not trying to set me free,” Rittenhouse said.
When pressed on whether he believed they could have gotten him out sooner, Rittenhouse said, “I believe — sometime in September, September 5th, I want to say, they had over a million dollars, and bail was set and able to be posted in September, so they could have had me sign the waiver for extradition and had me back in Wisconsin, and I could have been bailed out by mid-September. But they wanted to keep me in jail until November 20.”
And while he described the time behind bars as “scary,” the teen said he was eventually able to strike acquaintances with other inmates.
“A lot of people didn’t like me in jail, but they got to hear my story and they got to understand me, like, ‘He’s actually a really decent person, not this person that the media painted him out to be.’ And it was scary, but I was able to make friends, acquaintances in jail, and I played spades, card games with them,” Rittenhouse said.
When he finally got out of jail, Rittenhouse said he learned that Pierce had said he was in an “unorganized militia.”
“Once I am bailed out, John Pierce said I was an unorganized militia, which is just blatantly false. I didn’t know what a militia was… John Pierce said that, and it’s blatantly false. I didn’t know what a militia was until after the fact, until November 25, when I was watching some of the interviews, I was like, ‘I’m not in a militia. I don’t know what that is.’”
As for being used for money, Rittenhouse’s current lawyer used a far more colorful term to describe the actions of Wood and Pierce during an interview on CNN.
“I had more worries about some of the other things that happened much earlier in this case, the Lin Woods, the John Pierces, who were basically, I think, were trying to whore this kid out for money, for their own causes,” attorney Mark Richards said. “They kept him in Illinois fighting extradition that was unwinnable… because they were raising tons of money on him.”
“Lin Wood and I went head to head, and he’ll probably sue me for it, but he’s an idiot who let him talk to the Washington Post while he was under charges for murder,” Richards added.
“They tried to whore him out for money.” ~ Rittenhouse lawyer Mark Richards on Lin Wood and the fired John Pierce. Richards also calls Lin Wood an “idiot.” – 1/2 pic.twitter.com/4x7EB4ZqGh
— Don Lewis (@DonLew87) November 20, 2021
There weren’t many who went to bat for Wood after the Rittenhouse interview, but one of those who did was Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers, the Republican who has been a driving force in challenging the 2020 election results in her state — the media billed Wood as a “pro-Trump attorney” when he jumped into the fray to challenge the election outcome.
Effectively muddying the water, Rogers tweeted that Wood was going to handle the defamation case later on, and not the criminal aspect of the case.
Lin was going to handle the defamation case later on. Lin has provided receipts for everything he did for Kyle. I love Kyle Rittenhouse and Lin Wood and consider them both patriots. (2/2)
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) November 23, 2021
On the other hand, there was a blue-check parade of harsh criticism of Wood seen on Twitter:
I was kind of amazed a year ago when I criticized Lin Wood and so many people got angry at me for it. The guy is an obvious scam artist. Doesn’t even do a good job of hiding it. Hopefully this is enough to get through to the people who still don’t see it somehow. https://t.co/0tc2Eywmyl
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 23, 2021
Lin Wood is a real piece of garbage
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 23, 2021
I think those who thought that Lin Wood was a savior and not a grifter also need better news sources.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 23, 2021
Lin Wood is a scumbag and a piece of shit. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so. I won’t gloat, but I was right about him from day one. I’m frustrated that so many people fell for his ruse.
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) November 23, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse exposed Lin Wood on Tucker Carlson tonight.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) November 23, 2021
If you didn’t already know that Lin Wood is a disingenuous grifter, Kyle Rittenhouse just confirmed it.
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) November 23, 2021
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