As key Donald Trump-supporting QAnon figures continue to attack one another in the wake of Kyle Rittenhouseâ€™s acquittal, right-wing attorney and longtime QAnon acolyte Lin Wood is now saying that QAnon is â€œlikely a Deep State operation.â€
The claim follows Woodâ€™s declaration last week that longtime friend Michael Flynn â€” Trumpâ€™s former national security adviser and the recipient of a Trump pardon â€” is a general of the â€œdeep state,â€ which, according to the QAnon conspiracy theory, refers to an imagined secretive clan of Satan-worshipping federal officials, agents and their supporters.
Wood also suddenly labeled the â€œstop the stealâ€ movement that seeks to restore Trump to the presidency a deep state plot last week â€” although he continues to insist the 2020 election was fraudulent and needs to be â€œfixedâ€ to put Trump back into the White House.
On the online messaging system Telegram earlier this week, Wood wrote that he has â€œformed an opinion that Q speaks truth,â€ referring to the anonymous poster in QAnon lore who has purported high-level government clearance and deep access to state secrets.
â€œI know that I agree with the principles of Q in its fight against child sex trafficking, pedophilia, and satanic rituals,â€ added Wood, who noted that he still considers himself one of the â€œAnons.â€
But as for â€œQAnonâ€ itself, he declared, itâ€™s â€œlikely a Deep State operation constructed to discredit Q and the Anons.â€
Wood, who once represented Rittenhouse, has been launching attacks on former associates and QAnon after the teen criticized him in interviews.
Rittenhouse â€” who was acquitted last month of killing two people and wounding a third man at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin â€” accused Wood of mishandling $2 million raised for his bail, forcing him to stay in jail for 87 days, and â€œusingâ€ him â€œfor a cause.â€
Rittenhouse said he and his mother fired Wood last December because â€œhe was going on with all this QAnon and election fraud stuff, and just stuff we donâ€™t agree with.â€
Wood denied all of Rittenhouseâ€™s claims.
But after Rittenhouseâ€™s criticism, several far-right figures who have supported QAnon in the past publicly distanced themselves from Wood. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) called him â€œhorrible,â€ and former Trump aide and far-right radio host Sebastian Gorka labeled him a â€œsleazeball.â€
Meanwhile, Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell ignored the attacks against Wood, even though Wood had appealed to Flynn to speak up for him.
Last Sunday, Wood declared his â€œjourneyâ€ with Flynn â€œat an end.â€
He posted a recording of a phone call with a man he says is (and sounds like) Flynn calling QAnon â€œnonsenseâ€ and saying he suspects the movement is a CIA-orchestrated disinformation operation to discredit the right.
Flynn denied Woodâ€™s allegation on Telegram, referring to the â€œLW [Lin Wood] fiasco.â€ He hasnâ€™t commented on the recording.
A federal judge has ordered Wood, Powell and seven other pro-Trump attorneys to pay $175,000 in sanctions to Michigan officials they sued in a failed bid to overturn the stateâ€™s 2020 presidential election results. U.S. District Judge Linda Parker called some of the claims in the so-called Kraken lawsuit â€œfantastical.â€