Attorney Lin Wood speaks during a rally in Alpharetta, Ga., December 2020. Ben Margot / AP hide caption
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Updated 9:43 p.m. ET
The Georgian Foreign Secretary is investigating allegations that Lin Wood, a high-profile pro-Trump attorney who fruitlessly questioned election results and promoted unfounded conspiracies of fraud, may have voted illegally in November’s general election. Wood played a pivotal role in President Trump’s efforts to undermine the election.
The office of Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed the investigation opened after a WSB-TV reporter in Atlanta emailed Wood saying the lawyer said he had lived in South Carolina for several months.
Wood responded to the allegations by email on Tuesday night: “I was living in Atlanta as of October 2020 and was a Georgia resident at the time.
“I own real estate in Georgia and South Carolina. I changed my residence to South Carolina on February 1, 2021.”
On Telegram social media site, Wood wrote Monday that he was leaving Georgia and moving to South Carolina after saying Georgia “falsely accused and shunned” me.
After the news of the investigation broke out, Wood wrote that he did not live in South Carolina until February 1 and described Raffensperger as a “loser” who “will go to jail.”
In the weeks following the November presidential election, Wood was one of the most prominent voices, spreading misinformation about the country’s vote counting process and filing several failed lawsuits to cast millions of votes and prevent Joe Biden from becoming the next president.
In one lawsuit, the defamation attorney, best known for representing the accused Olympic bomber Richard Jewell, was accidentally filed under “a lot” of perjury rather than “punishment” and tried to bring exposed fraud claims to the Supreme Court.
Outside the courtroom, Wood is best known for his inflammatory social media posts and staunch support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. He was suspended from Twitter (and later banned) after saying “The time has come, patriots” and it was “time to fight for our freedom” on January 6, hours before a violent pro-Trump mob hit the US Capitol stormed.
Wood also removed Parler’s posts calling for the assassination of former Vice President Mike Pence and frequently shared QAnon conspiracies and spread falsehoods about the November election.
Now his contributions to Telegram are scrutinized while officials try to determine if any of the loudest voices accusing election fraud has committed a crime itself. Georgia State Code 21-2-217 (a) (5) states that a person moving to another state “with the intention of staying there indefinitely and making that state the person’s place of residence”, will no longer be considered eligible to vote in Georgia.
State investigators will now determine whether Wood lived in South Carolina or Georgia when he personally voted early for the November presidential election.
But the election saga put more strain on Wood’s professional relationships.
In the past few days, his alma mater Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, was investigating the removal of Wood’s name from a courtroom initiation, and the Georgia State Bar asked him to do a mental health assessment in order to continue serving as an attorney in the state . A Delaware judge fired Wood from a case citing a “poisonous stew of mendacity”.