MILWAUKEE — Kyle Rittenhouse's attorney says he will sue presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Attorney Lin Wood posted to Twitter Wednesday that he plans to sue Biden and his campaign for libel on Rittenhouse's behalf.
The announcement came just under hours after Biden posted a video to social media the same day, which played audio from the first presidential debate when moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump if he will disavow white supremacists. A segment of Biden's video during the question showed a picture of Rittenhouse carrying an assault rifle during the shooting in Kenosha.
On behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse, I shall sue @JoeBiden & Biden/Harris Campaign for libel.— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) September 30, 2020
I am partisan in 20/20 supporting @realDonaldTrump.
I am non-partisan trial lawyer who aggressively pursues truth to achieve justice.
Put in your hearing aid, Joe. You will hear footsteps.
The president answered during the debate that he's "willing to do anything. I want to see peace," but did not directly disavow white supremacists. Thursday night in an interview, Trump said he did condemn the KKK, white supremacists and the Proud Boys.
Biden captioned the video posted to Twitter: "There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night."
Rittenhouse was charged for shooting and killing two protesters in Kenosha on Aug. 25, and injuring a third. He was charged with 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide, two counts of 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide and Attempt 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide.
There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Lin Wood and his legal team argue Rittenhouse was defending himself.
Rittenhouse crossed state lines reportedly with a long gun to Kenosha to stand guard with other armed militias, amid protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake.