The Secret Service is aware of a litany of threats made by attorney Lin Wood, a spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
Wood, a supporter of President Trump who has repeatedly promoted conspiracy theories claiming that he won the presidential election and has made violent statements about a handful of conservatives whom he has deemed not sufficiently loyal to the president, has gotten the attention of the Secret Service.
“We are aware of the comments and take all threats against our protectees seriously,” a Secret Service spokesperson told the Washington Examiner on Saturday in response to an inquiry about Wood’s comments.
A recent target of his ire has been Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the joint session of Congress on Wednesday in which lawmakers certified President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory. The president and many conservative lawmakers pressured Pence to overturn the election, even though he said he didn’t have that power constitutionally.
Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST,” Wood, a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wrote Thursday on Parler, a day later alleging, “Pence & leaders of coup are planning to arrest & execute President Trump & his followers.”
About a week ago, before he was banned on Twitter, he said that “where arrests for treason begin, put Chief Justice John Roberts, VP Mike Pence, & Mitch McConnell at top of list,” and he added that Pence should “face execution by firing squad” and that the vice president “is a coward & will sing like a bird & confess ALL.”
In response to questions about the threats he’s made, Wood told the Washington Examiner that he hadn’t made any threats and that he stands by his accusations that the vice president “engaged in acts of treason.”
“I made NO threat,” he said. “I do not believe in violence. I do believe in the rule of law. I have reliable evidence that Pence has a engaged in acts of treason. My comments were rhetorical hyperbole. Any journalist should understand that concept. If my information is accurate, law enforcement will address what punishment, if any, should be administered to Pence as they do with all criminals.”
Wood also said, “I have not been contacted by the Secret Service, nor do I expect to be. I am a man of God and believe in the rule of law.”
The Georgia-based attorney has promoted a handful of conspiracy theories in addition to the violent ones about Pence. He said in December that “something is not right” with Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, claiming that he “know[s] for a fact that” Meadows has “a hidden agenda against” the president and called for him to be “fired immediately.”
He also criticized White House counsel Pat Cipollone, saying that he “drives a different exotic luxury car every few days to the White House,” that he’s “all about money” and that he’s “corrupt.”
The comments about Meadows and Cipollone came after the two were not supportive of his and fellow attorney Sidney Powell’s plans during a meeting at the White House to discuss how to move forward challenging the presidential election.
Like Wood, Powell has made widespread allegations of fraud but has fallen short on details.
Author : Mike Brest
Source : Washington Examiner : Secret Service says it’s ‘aware’ of threats made by Lin Wood