Kyle Rittenhouse says his fired lawyer John Pierce ‘set him up’ to pose with Proud Boys

Kyle Rittenhouse says that he didn’t know he was posing with members of the far-right group Proud Boys and that he had no thought the hand gesture he was making symbolized white supremacy as he blamed former legal professional John Pierce for the mishap.

Rittenhouse insists he didn’t know the that means of the ‘okay’ hand gesture, which he made as he was photographed standing alongside members of the Proud Boys at a bar in Wisconsin on January 5. 

‘I didn’t know that the “okay” hand signal was an emblem for white supremacy – simply as I didn’t know these folks within the bar had been Proud Boys,’ Rittenhouse says.

The Illinois teen who was acquitted within the deadly shootings of two males and the wounding of a 3rd throughout the Kenosha riots in August of final year says it was Pierce who arrange the image.

The conferences ‘were set up by my former attorney who was fired because of that, for putting me in situations like that with people I don’t agree with,’ Rittenhouse informed Ashleigh Banfield of NewsNation. has reached out to Pierce looking for remark in response to Rittenhouse’s claims.  

Kyle Rittenhouse (left) says that he didn’t know he was posing with members of the far-right group Proud Boys and that he had no thought the hand gesture he was making symbolized white supremacy as he blamed former legal professional John Pierce (proper) for the mishap

Rittenhouse insists he didn’t know the that means of the ‘okay’ hand gesture, which he made as he was photographed standing alongside members of the Proud Boys at a bar in Wisconsin on January 5.

Rittenhouse says John Pierce (left) and Lin Wood (proper), two former attorneys for Rittenhouse who shaped a charity that helped elevate money towards his bond and authorized protection, had been answerable for arranging the meeting with Proud Boys within the Wisconsin bar. The two attorneys are reportedly demanding they be repaid their portion of the money raised towards bail

Kenosha prosecutors needed to use the picture throughout the trial, however the choose excluded it. 

Prosecutors tried to painting Rittenhouse as a white supremacist who was motivated to shoot supporters of Black Lives Matter.

Rittenhouse is seen within the picture making the ‘okay’ signal at Pudgy’s Pub in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, which is about 15 miles northwest of Kenosha.

‘I found out they were Proud Boys when I saw the headlines,’ Rittenhouse informed NewsNation.

‘I thought they were just a bunch of, like, construction dudes based on how they looked.’

Rittenhouse stated that Pierce and one other one in every of his ex-attorneys, Lin Wood, raised the potential of having the Proud Boys present safety, however that concept was quashed as a result of the Illinois teen didn’t ‘want anything to do with them.’

Wood informed ‘Kyle’s allegations are false. There just isn’t one reality to help them.’ 

Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears because the jury in his double homicide trial acquitted him of all prices after 4 torturous days of deliberation and weeks of testimony

Rittenhouse stated Wood, a distinguished defamation lawyer from Atlanta who is named a fierce supporter of Donald Trump, was ‘insane.’

Rittenhouse stated he fired Wood partly due to the lawyer’s perception in QAnon conspiracy theories.

‘[Wood] thinks he is God,’ Rittenhouse stated.

‘And he simply says all these bizarre issues like, “We’re going to keep that boy in jail, because there’s not going to be any civil or criminal cases come the election,” which is simply full madness.’

Rittenhouse informed Banfield that he was ‘considering changing my name.’

He additionally joked that he may develop a beard and shed pounds so as so that folks received’t acknowledge him.

‘I gained [the weight] back during this stressful time,’ he stated. 

When requested if he had any remorse about what occurred, Rittenhouse stated that he does remorse being in that scenario, although he doesn’t remorse exercising self-defense.

‘I remorse going there, I do not remorse defending myself,’ Rittenhouse informed NewsNation.

‘I remorse making the choice to go there however…what I’m making an attempt to say is, if I may return I might not have gone there.’ 

Rittenhouse was 17 final year when he traveled 20 miles from his residence in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which had been racked with protests within the wake of the August 23 capturing of Jacob Blake.

Clearly disillusioned, prosecutor Thomas Binger, who has been closely criticized for his actions throughout the case, sat again in his chair, regarded on the ceiling, and issued a sigh as the decision got here in 

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (left), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse throughout a car parking zone and threw a plastic bag at him shortly earlier than midnight on August 25, 2020. Moments later, as Rittenhouse was operating down a avenue, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (proper), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

Rittenhouse is seen on the night time of August 25, 2020 in Kenosha. He stated that he regrets being there that night time, although he doesn’t remorse defending himself

That capturing and the response in Kenosha – protests that turned damaging – grew to become a part of the nationwide reckoning over police use of pressure in opposition to Black folks following George Floyd’s dying in Minneapolis the earlier May by the hands of police.

Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle, joined others who stated they had been intent on defending non-public property from potential harm on August 25.

During his trial, prosecutors argued that {the teenager} was a ‘wannabe soldier’ who went in search of hassle that night time.

Rittenhouse countered that he fired in self-defense after he was attacked and in concern for his life.

A jury final Friday discovered Rittenhouse not responsible on prices of murder, tried murder and reckless endangering within the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28. 

This is the second media interview that Rittenhouse has accomplished wherein he has harshly criticized his former attorneys – Wood and Pierce.

During a Fox News interview on Monday, Rittenhouse hit out at his former attorneys for elevating money for themselves whereas letting him rot in jail for 87 days. 

Rittenhouse’s attorneys are additionally locked in a authorized dispute with Wood and Pierce as they search to have his $2 million bail returned to their acquitted shopper. 

Rittenhouse informed Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Wood and Pierce raised money on his behalf after he was jailed for the shootings.

But he stated that whereas the attorneys had raised sufficient bail money by mid-September, they selected not to submit his bail as a result of they needed to use him for their very own trigger.

‘I used to be in jail for 87 days,’ Rittenhouse informed Carlson on Monday in his first interview since being acquitted. 

‘Lin Wood was elevating money on my behalf, and he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespecting my needs, put me on media interviews which I ought to by no means have accomplished, which he stated, “Oh, you’re going to go talk to The Washington Post,” which was not a good suggestion, alongside with John Pierce.’ 

Rittenhouse, who sat down with Tucker Carlson (left) for first interview since acquittal on Monday, ripped his former attorneys for making an attempt to revenue off his title as authorized battle brews over his $2 million bail

‘They stated I used to be safer in jail as an alternative of at residence with my household.’

Carlson responded: ‘Eight-seven days is a very long time to be in jail.’  

‘It was very lengthy,’ stated Rittenhouse. 

‘I lost a number of weight in there. But 87 days of not being with my household for defending myself and being taken benefit of, getting used for a trigger by these–by John Pierce and Lin Wood… making an attempt to elevate money to allow them to take it for their very own profit, not making an attempt to set me free.’ 

Wood and Pierce, who helped elevate the bond money to get Rittenhouse launched from jail through their #FightBack basis after his arrest, need their basis’s money again, however the 18-year-old Antioch, Illinois, resident’s household is refusing.    

Mark Richards, the prison protection lawyer who received Rittenhouse’s freedom,  instantly filed to have the $2 million returned to his shopper a lawsuit after Friday’s not responsible verdict.

‘I suspect there will be a fight over that,’ Richards informed Kenosha News.

‘John Pierce is the person who posted the bond. All that money was raised on behalf of Kyle.

‘Lin Wood and FightBack say they are entitled to it.’

Richards added: ‘There was half one million {dollars} I feel that got here straight from [Kyle’s mother] Wendy Rittenhouse from money she raised.

Rittenhouse’s lead legal professional Mark Richards has additionally been vital of Wood, calling him an ‘fool’

‘So there’s going to be a battle over that, and I’m simply grateful there will likely be a battle over it.’ 

Rittenhouse was requested if Wood and Pierce merely selected to not elevate his bail money sooner for their very own profit. 

‘I imagine – someday in September, September 5, I need to say – that they had over one million {dollars}, and bail was set and in a position to be posted in September. So they may’ve had me signal the waiver for extradition and had me again in Wisconsin, and I may have been bailed out by mid-September. But they needed to maintain me in jail till November 20.’ 

Rittenhouse’s new group has beforehand been vital of the 2. Richards even referred to as Wood an ‘fool.’

Wood has since threatened to sue Richards.  

Pierce, of the Los Angeles-based legislation agency Pierce Bainbridge, represented Rittenhouse on the time that his agency wrote a $2 million test springing him from jail in late November 2020.

Pierce was introduced on to the Rittenhouse authorized group by Wood. Together, they shaped a nonprofit referred to as the #FightBack Foundation. 

Using the social media hashtag #FightBack, they managed to elevate round $2million, in accordance to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wood then left the Rittenhouse authorized group so as to assist then-President Donald Trump contest the election leads to courtroom.

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell (left) and former youngster actor Ricky Schroder (proper) have additionally made donations towards Rittenhouse’s authorized fund

Schroder is seen far left alongside Rittenhouse and his mom, Wendy Rittenhouse

The Rittenhouse household then fired Pierce in February. The household has accused each Lin and Pierce of diverting money meant to assist Rittenhouse.

By legislation, bond needs to be returned to whoever posted it after the trial is over. In this case, it seems to be Pierce’s legislation agency.

But Wood claims that his #FightBack Foundation is the one which raised the money and thus ought to get the money.

Former youngster actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell have additionally been credited with making donations towards Rittenhouse’s authorized fund.

Rittenhouse additionally criticized the 2 for saying he was in an ‘unorganized militia’ upon the teenager’s launch from jail. 

‘John Pierce stated that and it is blatantly false,’ he replied. ‘I did not know militia was till after the very fact, till November 25, after I was watching a number of the interviews he did. I’m like, I’m not in a militia. I do not know what that’s.’        

Psaki justifies Biden calling Rittenhouse a ‘white supremacist’ as a result of ‘he posed with Proud Boys’ – then blames TRUMP for ‘encouraging militia teams and folks taking legislation into their very own fingers’ 

Asked if President Biden would apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting he was a white supremacist, press secretary Jen Psaki deflected to President Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy. 

‘Would the president ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting on-line and on TV that he’s a white supremacist?’ Fox News’ Peter Doocy requested Psaki in a day by day briefing. 

‘President Trump … did not simply refuse to condemn militia teams on the controversy stage he actively inspired them all through his presidency,’ Psaki replied. 

‘So what we have seen are the tragic penalties of that – when folks assume it is okay to take the legislation into their very own fingers as an alternative of permitting legislation enforcement to do its job.’ 

Psaki continued: ‘The president spoke to the decision final week. He has clearly condemned the hatred and division and violence from teams just like the Proud Boys, and clearly that particular person has posed in photographs with, however past that I’ll depart it to his feedback across the verdict.’ 

During the trial, prosecutors introduced a photograph of Rittenhouse as proof of him consorting with white supremacists, citing using the ‘OK’ signal, which has been co-opted as an indication of ‘white energy.’ 

The picture at a bar in Wisconsin was from Jan. 5, 2021, the day he was arraigned on prices associated to the killing of two folks at an August protest in Kenosha. 

Rittenhouse, who was extensively branded as a white supremacist after he fatally shot two white folks at a Black Lives Matter protest, informed Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after his acquittal that he laid a number of the blame for the vitriol in opposition to him on President Biden, who he accused of of ‘defamation’ and ‘malice.’ 

He stated he’s contemplating authorized motion in opposition to the president.  

‘President Trump … did not simply refuse to condemn militia teams on the controversy stage he actively inspired them all through his presidency,’ Psaki stated

Rittenhouse is comforted by his lawyer as he was acquitted of all prices on the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Friday

Rittenhouse is proven throughout a Jan. 5 go to to Pudgy’s bar in Mount Pleasant. Kenosha County prosecutors have requested to modify Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond after he was noticed at a Racine County bar final week consuming beer and flashing white energy indicators

The 18-year-old, who spent nearly three months in jail for the capturing, was cleared on Friday of murder, tried murder and reckless endangerment within the capturing deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. 

Jurors determined the rifle-wielding teen opened hearth in self-defense because the trio chased and attacked him throughout the August 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin sparked by the police capturing of Jacob Blake, a black male.

On September 30, 2020, Biden, then the Democratic candidate, tweeted a video montage of far-right teams who Donald Trump the day earlier than, throughout a presidential debate, refused to condemn.

Biden tweeted an assault on Trump, stating: ‘There’s no different manner to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the controversy stage final night time.’

The tweet confirmed Rittenhouse, featured alongside the neo-Nazis marching by means of Charlotte and Proud Boys.

And in a 2020 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Biden stated: ‘I do not know sufficient to know whether or not that 17-year-old child, precisely what he did, however allegedly he is a part of a militia popping out of the state of Illinois. Have you ever heard this president say one destructive factor about white supremacists? Have you ever heard it? That’s the explanation I acquired again on this race as a result of what occurred in Charlottesville.’

Biden shared a video clip on Twitter denouncing white supremacists that together with a photograph of Rittenhouse wielding a gun 

During the trial – which ran from November 2-19 – Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, was requested if Biden regretted his tweet.

‘What I’m not going to communicate to proper now’s something about an ongoing trial nor the president’s previous feedback,’ Psaki stated, despite the fact that the president commented on the scenario earlier than it was litigated.

‘What I can reiterate for you is the president’s view that we should not have, broadly talking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons.

‘We should not have opportunists corrupting peaceable protests by rioting and burning down the communities they declare to symbolize – anyplace within the nation.’

After Friday’s verdict, Biden stated he was ‘indignant and anxious’, however insisted that the decision needs to be revered.

‘While the decision in Kenosha will depart many Americans feeling indignant and anxious, myself included, we should acknowledge that the jury has spoken,’ he stated.

‘I ran on a promise to deliver Americans collectively, as a result of I imagine that what unites us is much higher than what divides us. I do know that we’re not going to heal our nation’s wounds in a single day, however I stay steadfast in my dedication to do every thing in my energy to be certain that each American is handled equally, with equity and dignity, underneath the legislation.

‘I urge everybody to specific their views peacefully, constant with the rule of legislation. Violence and destruction of property don’t have any place in our democracy.’

Rittenhouse on Monday night time stated that he needed Biden to take one other take a look at the case.

‘Mr President, if I might say one factor to you, I might urge you to return and watch the trial, and perceive the information earlier than you make a press release,’ he stated.

‘It’s precise malice, defaming my character for him to say one thing like that.

‘It’s fairly hysterical how no one can return and take a look at the information of the case.

‘He crossed state traces, false. He’s a white supremacist, false. None of that’s true.

‘The lies that they will get away with spreading simply sickening and it is a shame to this nation.’

Rittenhouse stated he had ‘actually good attorneys’ who had been trying into defamation prices.   

The teen stated the incident ‘by no means had something to do with race’ and was as an alternative about ‘the correct to self-defense.’

‘I’m not a racist individual. I help the BLM motion,’ Rittenhouse stated. ‘I help peacefully demonstrating … I imagine there wants to be change. I imagine there’s a number of prosecutorial misconduct, not simply in my case however in different circumstances. It’s simply superb to see how a lot a prosecutor can benefit from somebody.’

‘Like, in the event that they did this to me, think about what they may have accomplished to an individual of coloration who would not possibly have the resources I do or it is not extensively publicized like my case,’ he stated. 

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