Kyle Rittenhouse says his fired lawyer Lin Wood ‘set him up’ to pose with Proud Boys


Kyle Rittenhouse says that he didn’t know he was posing with members of the far-right group Proud Boys and that he had no thought the hand gesture he was making symbolized white supremacy as he blamed former lawyer Lin Wood for the mishap.

Rittenhouse insists he didn’t know the which means of the ‘okay’ hand gesture, which he made as he was photographed standing alongside members of the Proud Boys at a bar in Wisconsin on January 5. 

‘I didn’t know that the “okay” hand signal was an emblem for white supremacy – simply as I didn’t know these individuals within the bar had been Proud Boys,’ Rittenhouse says.

The Illinois teen who was acquitted within the deadly shootings of two males and the wounding of a 3rd throughout the Kenosha riots in August of final yr says it was Wood who arrange the image.

The conferences ‘had been arrange by my former lawyer who was fired due to that, for placing me in conditions like that with individuals I don’t agree with,’ Rittenhouse instructed Ashleigh Banfield of NewsNation.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Wood looking for remark in response to Rittenhouse’s claims. 

Banfield’s full size interview with Rittenhouse airs on Tuesday evening starting at 10pm Japanese time, 9pm Central.  

Lin Wood

Kyle Rittenhouse (left) says that he didn’t know he was posing with members of the far-right group Proud Boys and that he had no thought the hand gesture he was making symbolized white supremacy as he blamed former lawyer Lin Wood (proper) for the mishap

Rittenhouse insists he didn’t know the meaning of the ‘okay’ hand gesture, which he made as he was photographed standing alongside members of the Proud Boys at a bar in Wisconsin on January 5.

Rittenhouse insists he didn’t know the which means of the ‘okay’ hand gesture, which he made as he was photographed standing alongside members of the Proud Boys at a bar in Wisconsin on January 5.

John Pierce

Lin Wood

Rittenhouse says John Pierce (left) and Lin Wood (proper), two former attorneys for Rittenhouse who shaped a charity that helped increase cash towards his bond and authorized protection, had been chargeable for arranging the assembly with Proud Boys within the Wisconsin bar. The 2 attorneys are reportedly demanding they be repaid their portion of the money raised towards bail

That photograph was utilized by Kenosha prosecutors throughout the trial. They tried to painting Rittenhouse as a white supremacist who was motivated to shoot supporters of Black Lives Matter.

Rittenhouse is seen within the photograph making the ‘okay’ signal at Pudgy’s Pub in Mount Nice, Wisconsin, which is about 15 miles northwest of Kenosha.

He says that it was one other former lawyer, John Pierce, who ‘organized’ the group of Proud Boys, despite the fact that Pierce himself wasn’t there.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Pierce looking for remark. 

‘I came upon they had been Proud Boys once I noticed the headlines,’ Rittenhouse instructed NewsNation.

‘I believed they had been only a bunch of, like, building dudes based mostly on how they seemed.’

Rittenhouse mentioned that his ex-attorneys raised the opportunity of having the Proud Boys present safety, however that concept was quashed as a result of the Illinois teen didn’t ‘need something to do with them.’

Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears as the jury in his double murder trial acquitted him of all charges after four torturous days of deliberation and weeks of testimony

Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears because the jury in his double homicide trial acquitted him of all expenses after 4 torturous days of deliberation and weeks of testimony

He mentioned Wood, a distinguished defamation lawyer from Atlanta who is named a fierce supporter of Donald Trump, was ‘insane.’

Rittenhouse mentioned he fired Wood partly due to the lawyer’s perception in QAnon conspiracy theories.

‘[Wood] thinks he is God,’ Rittenhouse mentioned.

‘And he simply says all these bizarre issues like, “We’re going to hold that boy in jail, as a result of there’s not going to be any civil or felony instances come the election,” which is simply full madness.’

Rittenhouse instructed Banfield that he was ‘contemplating altering my title.’

He additionally joked that he would possibly develop a beard and shed weight so as so that folks gained’t acknowledge him.

‘I gained [the weight] again throughout this hectic time,’ he mentioned. 

When requested if he had any remorse about what occurred, Rittenhouse mentioned that he does remorse being in that state of affairs, although he doesn’t remorse exercising self-defense.

‘I remorse going there, I do not remorse defending myself,’ Rittenhouse instructed NewsNation.

‘I remorse making the choice to go there however…what I am making an attempt to say is, if I might return I might not have gone there.’ 

Rittenhouse was 17 final yr when he traveled 20 miles from his residence in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which had been racked with protests within the wake of the August 23 capturing of Jacob Blake.

Clearly disappointed, prosecutor Thomas Binger, who has been heavily criticized for his actions during the case, sat back in his chair, looked at the ceiling, and issued a sigh as the verdict came in

Clearly dissatisfied, prosecutor Thomas Binger, who has been closely criticized for his actions throughout the case, sat again in his chair, seemed on the ceiling, and issued a sigh as the decision got here in 

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (pictured), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020

Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (pictured), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (left), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse throughout a car parking zone and threw a plastic bag at him shortly earlier than midnight on August 25, 2020. Moments later, as Rittenhouse was working down a avenue, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (proper), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

Rittenhouse is seen on the night of August 25, 2020 in Kenosha. He said that he regrets being there that night, though he does not regret defending himself

Rittenhouse is seen on the evening of August 25, 2020 in Kenosha. He mentioned that he regrets being there that evening, although he doesn’t remorse defending himself

That capturing and the response in Kenosha – protests that turned harmful – grew to become a part of the nationwide reckoning over police use of pressure in opposition to Black individuals following George Floyd’s demise in Minneapolis the earlier Could by the hands of police.

Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle, joined others who mentioned they had been intent on defending personal property from potential injury on August 25.

Throughout his trial, prosecutors argued that {the teenager} was a ‘wannabe soldier’ who went on the lookout for bother that evening.

Rittenhouse countered that he fired in self-defense after he was attacked and in concern for his life.

A jury final Friday discovered Rittenhouse not responsible on expenses of murder, tried murder and reckless endangering within the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28. 

That is the second media interview that Rittenhouse has performed by which he has harshly criticized his former attorneys – Wood and Pierce.

Throughout a Fox Information interview on Monday, Rittenhouse hit out at his former attorneys for elevating cash for themselves whereas letting him rot in jail for 87 days. 

Rittenhouse’s legal professionals are additionally locked in a authorized dispute with Wood and Pierce as they search to have his $2 million bail returned to their acquitted consumer. 

Rittenhouse instructed Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Wood and Pierce raised cash on his behalf after he was jailed for the shootings.

However he mentioned that whereas the legal professionals had raised sufficient bail cash by mid-September, they selected not to submit his bail as a result of they needed to use him for their very own trigger.

‘I used to be in jail for 87 days,’ Rittenhouse instructed Carlson on Monday in his first interview since being acquitted. 

‘Lin Wood was elevating cash on my behalf, and he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespecting my needs, put me on media interviews which I ought to by no means have performed, which he mentioned, “Oh, you are going to go speak to The Washington Put up,” which was not a good suggestion, alongside with John Pierce.’ 

Rittenhouse, who sat down with Tucker Carlson (left) for first interview since acquittal on Monday, ripped his former lawyers for trying to profit off his name as legal fight brews over his $2 million bail

Rittenhouse, who sat down with Tucker Carlson (left) for first interview since acquittal on Monday, ripped his former legal professionals for making an attempt to revenue off his title as authorized struggle brews over his $2 million bail

‘They mentioned I used to be safer in jail as a substitute of at residence with my household.’

Carlson responded: ‘Eight-seven days is a very long time to be in jail.’  

‘It was very lengthy,’ mentioned Rittenhouse. 

‘I misplaced a variety of weight in there. However 87 days of not being with my household for defending myself and being taken benefit of, getting used for a trigger by these–by John Pierce and Lin Wood… making an attempt to increase cash to allow them to take it for their very own profit, not making an attempt to set me free.’ 

Wood and Pierce, who helped increase the bond cash to get Rittenhouse launched from jail through their #FightBack basis after his arrest, need their basis’s money again, however the 18-year-old Antioch, Illinois, resident’s household is refusing.    

Mark Richards, the felony protection lawyer who gained Rittenhouse’s freedom,  instantly filed to have the $2 million returned to his consumer a lawsuit after Friday’s not responsible verdict.

‘I believe there might be a struggle over that,’ Richards instructed Kenosha News.

‘John Pierce is the one that posted the bond. All that cash was raised on behalf of Kyle.

‘Lin Wood and FightBack say they’re entitled to it.’

Richards added: ‘There was half 1,000,000 {dollars} I feel that got here immediately from [Kyle’s mother] Wendy Rittenhouse from cash she raised.

Rittenhouse's lead attorney Mark Richards has also been critical of Wood, calling him an 'idiot'

Rittenhouse’s lead lawyer Mark Richards has additionally been crucial of Wood, calling him an ‘fool’

‘So there’s going to be a struggle over that, and I am simply grateful there might be a struggle over it.’ 

Rittenhouse was requested if Wood and Pierce merely selected to not increase his bail cash quicker for their very own profit. 

‘I consider – someday in September, September 5, I would like to say – that they had over 1,000,000 {dollars}, and bail was set and ready to be posted in September. So they may’ve had me signal the waiver for extradition and had me again in Wisconsin, and I might have been bailed out by mid-September. However they needed to hold me in jail till November 20.’ 

Rittenhouse’s new workforce has beforehand been crucial of the 2. Richards even known as Wood an ‘fool.’

Wood has since threatened to sue Richards.  

Pierce, of the Los Angeles-based regulation agency Pierce Bainbridge, represented Rittenhouse on the time that his agency wrote a $2 million test springing him from jail in late November 2020.

Pierce was introduced on to the Rittenhouse authorized workforce by Wood. Collectively, they shaped a nonprofit known as the #FightBack Basis. 

Utilizing the social media hashtag #FightBack, they managed to increase round $2million, in accordance to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wood then left the Rittenhouse authorized workforce so as to assist then-President Donald Trump contest the election ends in court docket.

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

Ricky Schroder

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell (left) and former baby actor Ricky Schroder (proper) have additionally made donations towards Rittenhouse’s authorized fund

Schroder is seen far left alongside Rittenhouse and his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse

Schroder is seen far left alongside Rittenhouse and his mom, Wendy Rittenhouse

The Rittenhouse household then fired Pierce in February. The household has accused each Lin and Pierce of diverting cash meant to assist Rittenhouse.

By regulation, bond needs to be returned to whoever posted it after the trial is over. On this case, it seems to be Pierce’s regulation agency.

However Wood claims that his #FightBack Basis is the one which raised the cash and thus ought to get the money.

Former baby actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell have additionally been credited with making donations towards Rittenhouse’s authorized fund.

Rittenhouse additionally criticized the 2 for saying he was in an ‘unorganized militia’ upon the teenager’s launch from jail. 

‘John Pierce mentioned that and it is blatantly false,’ he replied. ‘I did not know militia was till after the very fact, till November 25, once I was watching a few of the interviews he did. I am like, I am not in a militia. I do not know what that’s.’        

Psaki justifies Biden calling Rittenhouse a ‘white supremacist’ as a result of ‘he posed with Proud Boys’ – then blames TRUMP for ‘encouraging militia teams and other people taking regulation into their very own palms’ 

Requested if President Biden would apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting he was a white supremacist, press secretary Jen Psaki deflected to President Trump‘s refusal to condemn white supremacy. 

‘Would the president ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting on-line and on TV that he’s a white supremacist?’ Fox News‘ Peter Doocy requested Psaki in a day by day briefing. 

‘President Trump … did not simply refuse to condemn militia teams on the controversy stage he actively inspired them all through his presidency,’ Psaki replied. 

‘So what we have seen are the tragic penalties of that – when individuals assume it is okay to take the regulation into their very own palms as a substitute of permitting regulation enforcement to do its job.’ 

Psaki continued: ‘The president spoke to the decision final week. He has clearly condemned the hatred and division and violence from teams just like the Proud Boys, and clearly that particular person has posed in images with, however past that I will depart it to his feedback across the verdict.’ 

Throughout the trial, prosecutors introduced a photograph of Rittenhouse as proof of him consorting with white supremacists, citing the usage of the ‘OK’ signal, which has been co-opted as an indication of ‘white energy.’ 

The photograph at a bar in Wisconsin was from Jan. 5, 2021, the day he was arraigned on expenses associated to the killing of two individuals at an August protest in Kenosha. 

Rittenhouse, who was extensively branded as a white supremacist after he fatally shot two white individuals at a Black Lives Matter protest, instructed Fox Information’ Tucker Carlson after his acquittal that he laid a few of the blame for the vitriol in opposition to him on President Biden, who he accused of of ‘defamation’ and ‘malice.’ 

He mentioned he’s contemplating authorized motion in opposition to the president.  

Rittenhouse said he laid some of the blame for the vitriol against him on President Biden, who he accused of of 'defamation' and 'malice.'

'President Trump ... didn't just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency,' Psaki said

‘President Trump … did not simply refuse to condemn militia teams on the controversy stage he actively inspired them all through his presidency,’ Psaki mentioned

Rittenhouse is comforted by his lawyer as he was acquitted of all charges at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Friday

Rittenhouse is comforted by his lawyer as he was acquitted of all expenses on the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Friday

Rittenhouse is shown during a Jan. 5 visit to Pudgy's bar in Mount Pleasant. Kenosha County prosecutors have requested to modify Kyle Rittenhouse's bond after he was spotted at a Racine County bar last week drinking beer and flashing white power signs

Rittenhouse is proven throughout a Jan. 5 go to to Pudgy’s bar in Mount Nice. Kenosha County prosecutors have requested to modify Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond after he was noticed at a Racine County bar final week ingesting beer and flashing white energy indicators

The 18-year-old, who spent nearly three months in jail for the capturing, was cleared on Friday of murder, tried murder and reckless endangerment within the capturing deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. 

Jurors determined the rifle-wielding teen opened hearth in self-defense because the trio chased and attacked him throughout the August 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin sparked by the police capturing of Jacob Blake, a black male.

On September 30, 2020, Biden, then the Democratic candidate, tweeted a video montage of far-right teams who Donald Trump the day earlier than, throughout a presidential debate, refused to condemn.

Biden tweeted an assault on Trump, stating: ‘There is not any different manner to put it: the President of the USA refused to disavow white supremacists on the controversy stage final evening.’

The tweet confirmed Rittenhouse, featured alongside the neo-Nazis marching by way of Charlotte and Proud Boys.

And in a 2020 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Biden mentioned: ‘I do not know sufficient to know whether or not that 17-year-old child, precisely what he did, however allegedly he is a part of a militia popping out of the state of Illinois. Have you ever ever heard this president say one damaging factor about white supremacists? Have you ever ever heard it? That is the explanation I acquired again on this race as a result of what occurred in Charlottesville.’

Biden shared a video clip on Twitter denouncing white supremacists that including a photo of Rittenhouse wielding a gun

Biden shared a video clip on Twitter denouncing white supremacists that together with a photograph of Rittenhouse wielding a gun 

Throughout the trial – which ran from November 2-19 – Jen Psaki, the White Home press secretary, was requested if Biden regretted his tweet.

‘What I am not going to converse to proper now’s something about an ongoing trial nor the president’s previous feedback,’ Psaki mentioned, despite the fact that the president commented on the state of affairs earlier than it was litigated.

‘What I can reiterate for you is the president’s view that we should not have, broadly talking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons.

‘We should not have opportunists corrupting peaceable protests by rioting and burning down the communities they declare to characterize – wherever within the nation.’

After Friday’s verdict, Biden mentioned he was ‘indignant and anxious’, however insisted that the decision needs to be revered.

‘Whereas the decision in Kenosha will depart many Individuals feeling indignant and anxious, myself included, we should acknowledge that the jury has spoken,’ he mentioned.

‘I ran on a promise to carry Individuals collectively, as a result of I consider that what unites us is much better than what divides us. I do know that we’re not going to heal our nation’s wounds in a single day, however I stay steadfast in my dedication to do the whole lot in my energy to make sure that each American is handled equally, with equity and dignity, underneath the regulation.

‘I urge everybody to specific their views peacefully, constant with the rule of regulation. Violence and destruction of property haven’t any place in our democracy.’

Rittenhouse on Monday evening mentioned that he needed Biden to take one other take a look at the case.

‘Mr President, if I might say one factor to you, I might urge you to return and watch the trial, and perceive the info earlier than you make a press release,’ he mentioned.

‘It is precise malice, defaming my character for him to say one thing like that.

‘It is fairly hysterical how no person can return and take a look at the info of the case.

‘He crossed state traces, false. He is a white supremacist, false. None of that’s true.

‘The lies that they will get away with spreading simply sickening and it is a shame to this nation.’

Rittenhouse mentioned he had ‘actually good legal professionals’ who had been wanting into defamation expenses.   

The teenager mentioned the incident ‘by no means had something to do with race’ and was as a substitute about ‘the best to self-defense.’

‘I am not a racist particular person. I help the BLM motion,’ Rittenhouse mentioned. ‘I help peacefully demonstrating … I consider there wants to be change. I consider there’s a variety of prosecutorial misconduct, not simply in my case however in different instances. It is simply superb to see how a lot a prosecutor can reap the benefits of somebody.’

‘Like, in the event that they did this to me, think about what they may have performed to an individual of colour who would not possibly have the assets I do or it isn’t extensively publicized like my case,’ he mentioned. 



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