Lin Wood is trying to claw back the $2 million he raised for Kyle Rittenhouse’s bail

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Attorney Lin Wood, member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, speaks during a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga. Associated Press/Ben Margot
  • Kyle Rittenhouse’s former lawyer wants to take back $US2 ($AU3) million raised for the teenager’s bail.
  • Lin Wood’s #FightBack Foundation filed a letter last week stating the money must eventually be returned.
  • Rittenhouse and his family have cut ties with Wood, the Foundation, and another former lawyer, John Pierce.
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The right-wing lawyer and conspiracy theorist Lin Wood is seeking to take back $US2 ($AU3) million his foundation raised from donors to post bail for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of shooting three people at Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, court documents show.

A September 17 letter said the funds to free Rittenhouse on bail had been provided by Wood’s #FightBack Foundation, and therefore must eventually be returned to the foundation.

The letter was signed by a lawyer, Xavier Solis, who said he was working on behalf of #FightBack. Wood and another conservative attorney, John Pierce, launched the foundation last year to support Rittenhouse, though the organization later pivoted to funding efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

“The Rittenhouse bail was paid by #FightBack Foundation, a 501(c)(4) non-profit, from donations it received,” Wood told Insider Thursday in an email. “Under law, the bail monies must be returned to #FightBack.”

Rittenhouse and his family have since cut ties with Wood, Pierce, and #FightBack, and said they never received a full accounting of all the money that was raised in Rittenhouse’s name. Wood previously told Insider that the foundation kept detailed financial records and never mismanaged any funds.

A Twitter account associated with Rittenhouse’s family slammed Wood for the September 17 letter.

“Money makes people do silly things,” the account tweeted. “While we’re busting our humps trying to raise money and see Kyle acquitted, Lin Wood is sending letters to the court DURING Kyle’s hearing to demand $US2M in donations FOR KYLE be given to HIM.”

Rittenhouse, 18, will stand trial in November on charges of fatally shooting Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and severely injuring Gaige Grosskreutz in August 2020. The teenager opened fire amid a night of civil unrest just days after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse has said he shot the men in self-defense as they chased him.