Pro-Trump Lawyer Lin Wood's Claims Against Mike Pence Prompt Calls for FBI, Secret Service Scrutiny

Lin Wood, an attorney fighting for President Donald Trump's victory in the 2020 election, raised alarms after he called for Vice President Mike Pence to be at the top of the list of arrests for treason.

Wood, a staunch believer that Trump won the election, has switched his focus from Democrats to Republicans, calling for Pence to resign and face "execution by firing squad" in a tweet Friday. Once arrested, Wood suggested that the vice president would "sing like a bird" and confess to being a "main participant" in the "theft of the election."

The controversial Atlanta attorney's comments sparked people to tag the FBI and Secret Service in responding tweets, saying that Wood's tweets constituted a threat against the vice president.

Can someone tell me why an arrest warrant hasn’t been issued for Lin Wood?

— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) January 2, 2021

@FBI Threatening the President or VP is a federal felony under US Code Title 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully making "any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President or VP of the United States".

— Jen Wood (@unojen_wood) January 2, 2021

@FBI @SecretService I would like to report a death threat. Trump's attorney MR. Wood is calling for the assassination of a sitting vice president. I may not agree with @VP as a person but I respect the seat. If this threat was made by anyone else there would be actions taken.

— Not part of the trump cult (@shutuptrumpets) January 2, 2021

@Policy @TwitterSafety @Twitter

TAKE DOWN THIS CRAZY MAN’S TWEETS. @LLinWood @SecretService This man is threatening the Vice President of the United States, @VP Pence.

Lin Wood is a threat to our sitting government officials, to our elected leadership and to America.

— mollyswordmcdonough 🌊 (@mollysmcdonough) January 1, 2021

Under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm upon the vice president is punishable by a fine, a maximum of five years in prison, or both.

On Wednesday, Pence is set to preside over the certifying of the results of the Electoral College, as is the role of the vice president. Some supporters of Trump are holding out hope that Pence will refuse to introduce electors for President-elect Joe Biden in key swing states, thereby blocking his ascension to the presidency.

Texas GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert filed a lawsuit against Pence, alleging that the vice president has sole discretion to determine which electors are counted. On Friday, Judge Jeremy Kernodle threw out the suit, saying the plaintiffs don't have the grounds to file it.

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People are calling for the FBI or secret service to arrest Lin Wood after he called for Vice President Mike Pence to be arrested for treason over his claim that the vice president stole the election from President Donald Trump. Pence listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James S. Brady Briefing Room of the White House on November 19. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

Republicans are planning on objecting to the electoral vote count—a move that has little to no chance of succeeding—and Pence faces pressure to refuse to certify the results. If the vice president declines to publicly commit to rejecting electors from "states where fraud occurred," Wood said he should "resign immediately."

"A man of God would never certify a lie," Wood posted on Twitter Friday. "Every lie will be revealed. Every lie means every lie. Always has. Always will."

Wood's legal battles are independent from the ongoing fight from the president's own legal team. Jenna Ellis, one of the president's attorneys, distanced herself from the Atlanta attorney. Ellis posted on Twitter on Friday that she did not support Wood's statements, but supports the "rule of law and the U.S. Constitution."

"For conservatives, the solution is never to ignore the Constitution and rule of law just because the other side is. The solution is to keep fighting to properly enforce it," she wrote on Twitter the following morning. "The principle of limited government is the heart of liberty."

Wood dismissed people who were calling him "insane" and urging officials for his arrest as having an "agenda" and implied that they may have something to hide or want the truth to remain hidden.

Newsweek reached out to the offices of Wood and Pence for comment.

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