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L. Lin Wood, a Trump Ally, Is Called to Testify in Election-Meddling Inquiry


ATLANTA — L. Lin Wood, a trial lawyer and an ardent supporter of Donald J. Trump who pushed a variety of falsehoods about election fraud after the 2020 presidential contest, has been asked to offer testimony within the criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the Georgia election, he confirmed on Tuesday.

In a phone call, Mr. Wood said that his lawyer had been informed that Mr. Wood’s testimony was being sought by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Wood said he would comply and go before the special grand jury that has been looking into efforts by Mr. Trump and his allies to reverse Mr. Trump’s election loss.

“I didn’t do anything improper,” Mr. Wood said. “I’ve got nothing to cover, so I’ll go down and discuss with them.”

Prosecutors’ efforts to secure Mr. Wood’s testimony within the closed-door grand jury sessions were first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Structure.

Mr. Wood, a trial lawyer, earned national fame for taking over high-profile clients, most notably Richard A. Jewell, who was wrongly suspected of setting off a bomb on the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Last week, prosecutors within the election-meddling case noted — in court documents looking for the testimony of one other pro-Trump lawyer, Sidney Powell — that Mr. Wood had given a December 2021 interview to CNBC wherein he spoke of hosting meetings “at a plantation in South Carolina for the aim of exploring options to influence the outcomes of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.”

The court filing noted that the meetings had been attended by Ms. Powell; Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Mr. Trump; “and other individuals known to be related to the Trump campaign.”

Mr. Wood said that he had been informed that he was a fabric witness but that he had not been informed that he was a goal of the investigation.

Prosecutors in Fulton County, which incorporates much of Atlanta, have brought greater than 30 witnesses before the special grand jury, which was impaneled with the only purpose of looking into election interference. Once it has accomplished the work of hearing from witnesses and considering evidence, it’s going to issue an advisory report that could possibly be taken to a daily grand jury with the facility to issue indictments.

Prosecutors have already brought Rudolph W. Giuliani, a former lawyer for Mr. Trump, before the special grand jury and have told him he’s a goal, meaning he could eventually face an indictment. In recent days they’ve also signaled that they hope to compel the testimony of other well-known Trump associates, including Ms. Powell and Mark Meadows, the previous White House chief of staff.

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