Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood 'grabbed gun and punched foundation boss'
A pro-Trump lawyer allegedly punched the boss of a non-profit foundation and pulled the man's own gun on him after being accused of using the organization for political gain, Law & Crime podcast 'Objections' reported.
Lin Wood reportedly threatened Dave Hancock, the then-executive director of the #FightBack Foundation, during a heated argument over the allegations on October 21, 2020.
The argument centered around allegations that Wood had helped the Foundation raise money for Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse primarily for political gain.
Wood allegedly pulled the gun from Hancock's holster and later punched the non-profit organization chief during the exchange.
The allegations were revealed in tapes played on the Objections podcast on Tuesday.
Audio recordings reveal Wood saying: 'I grabbed your gun away because you were threatening me... You're in my house. I think the police will believe me.'
Hancock also alleges Wood punched him in the face during the exchange, but neither of the men decided to press charges, the Daily Beast reported.
Recordings played on the podcast reveal Hancock telling police: 'He's an angry 68-year-old man... He doesn't have that much of a right hook. So I don't want to pursue anything on that.'
The exchange happened after Hancock told Wood he was concerned he was using the non-profit organization for personal political benefit, including to help a fundraiser for the Senate campaign of Doug Collins.
Wendy Rittenhouse, mother of the Kenosha shooter suspect, also told the podcast she thought Wood had only supported the case to raise bail money for Kyle for political benefit.
Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 when he was arrested on suspicion of shooting dead two men and injuring a third during Black Lives Matters protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August.
He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but has claimed self-defense.
He posted a $2million bail, which non-profit foundation #FightBack helped to raise for his release on November 20.
She told the podcast: 'They (Wood and fellow conservative John Pierce) used Kyle to gain money, gain Twitter followers, I feel now they didn't care about Kyle.'
Rittenhouse reportedly requested an audit of the money raised by the #FightBack Foundation, but Wood refused to comply.
She said: 'He used my son's image to make profit off of that. And I asked for an accounting of it. And I never got it. I was ignored.
'They used a 17-year-old kid's image for their own political gain.'
Wood reportedly denied the claims in an email to Law & Crime and said the foundation would be willing to submit documents for an audit which was required by law.
Rittenhouse has cut ties with #FightBack and launched domain called FreeKyleUSA to raise funds for her son's legal defense.
She also told the podcast Wood had harmed her son's defense by promoting messaging which did more to support their political ambitions than her son's best interests.
In one example, Pierce told FoxNews that Kyle would used a Second Amendment defense on the weapons charge and that he had a right to carry the gun as part of a 'militia'.
Rittenhouse said the claim was untrue and damaging to her her son's case.
She also said the attorney had advised her Kyle should stay in jail until after the election over concerns mass protests would erupt.
Rittenhouse told the podcast: '[Wood] told me that my son would be safe in jail because he thought that on the night of the election — [it] was Nov. 3 or the fourth, I can't remember what day the election was on — that there was going to be Armageddon going to happen'.
She blamed Wood and Pierce's advice for Kyle's 87 day stay in jail.
Wood also denied these allegations, saying as he was not a criminal defense attorney he could not represent Kyle in this capacity.
He said he agreed to the decision, but did not say who had made it, because of death threats to Kyle.
But, recordings played in the podcast appear to prove Wood promoted the plan to leave Kyle in jail until after the presidential election.
On the recording, Wood can be heard saying 'keep this boy in that youth facility in Illinois... and the longer he can stay there, the better, because if things get as bad as they could half as bad as I think they will get, he's safe there and nobody's going to care much about handling criminal or civil cases'.
#FightBack Foundation was co-funded in August by Wood and Pierce, who soon took on Kyle's case.
But in December, prosecutors in the case termed the foundation a potentially self-dealing 'unregulated and opaque slush fund'.
The allegation prompted the Rittenhouse family to fire Pierce.
Wood is a North Carolina-born defamation lawyer who helped peddle claims former President Donald Trump won re-election in November's presidential election.Read more