“Yes, some of his formations that violated our rules have been removed,” John Matze told Mediaite, adding that the post or accomplice to the “shooting squads” was among those removed.
Wood, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, told CNN, “I did NOT threaten ANYTHING. I do not believe in violence. I believe in the rule of law.”
“I have solid evidence that Pence was involved in treason. My comments were rhetorical hyperbole. Every journalist should understand this concept. If my information is accurate, law enforcement will consider what punishment, if any, should be applied to Pence by doing it with all criminals, “Wood said.
Wood told Parler on Thursday, according to Mediate, “They let them in. Prepare to shoot. Pence goes FIRST.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement on CNN: “We strongly condemn all calls for violence, including those against any member of this administration.”
A spokesman for the United States Secret Service told CNN, “We are aware of the comments and take seriously any threats against our defenders.”
CNN turned to Parler for comment.
Wood is a lawyer who focuses on civil litigation and has experience in First Amendment and defamation litigation, according to his website. He represented Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandman, who filed a lawsuit with CNN after being at the center of a dispute over a viral video.
Parler was recently removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Google told CNN that it was aware of “the continuing publication in the Parler app, which seeks to incite continued violence in the United States,” and that its app store required “apps to apply robust moderation to delightful content.” Apple told CNN in a statement that Parler had not taken “adequate measures to address the spread of these threats to human safety.”
The platform has called for an alternative to free speech to attract conservatives, who say larger platforms are censoring their views.
CORRECTION AND UPDATE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Lynn Wood as Kyle Rittonhouse’s attorney in a criminal case in Wisconsin. Rittenhouse’s lawyer is Mark Richards. The story has also been updated with more information about Wood’s efforts to raise money for Rittenhouse.
Evan Perez, Jeremy Diamond and Brian Fung of CNN contributed to this report.