The Attack on the Capitol heightens the intrigue around several big names interconnected through a web flowing from the world of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Was it the “Shot Heard Round the World” or a 17-year-old kid who perhaps played too much “Call of Duty”? In late August, Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A lawyer named John Pierce chased the case and took to social media to declare Kyle Rittenhouse a “patriot”, who had fired the “Shot Heard Round the World.” Pierce, who is fundraising for Rittenhouse, also referenced “1775” and concluded “A Second American Revolutionary War against Tyranny has begun.” This was in early September, the attack on the United States Capitol happened months later.
Did Pierce know something? Before dismissing this out of hand, let’s take a look at a web of connections for the attorney.
Pierce, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School, has run with a big name crowd despite a stint in a UCLA psychiatric facility, dodgy personal and professional finances, and reportedly threatening to kill the mother of his children. His firm’s clients have included, Rudy Giuliani, Tulsi Gabbard, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Michael Avenatti.
Perhaps there’s just something about the attorney–like there was just Something About Mary. For example, it appears that for Pierce’s former partner, David L. Hecht of Hecht Partners LLP, it just may be that breaking up with John Pierce has is hard to do.
The law firm where Pierce and Hecht were co-named partners – Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht – is where the interesting connections begin. Rudy Giuliani became a client in November 2019, yet the firm proceeded to “dramatically disintegrate.”
Rudy is under fire for calling for “Trial by Combat;” interestingly, Pierce Bainbridge featured paratroopers on the firm’s landing page, Pierce proclaimed his attorneys were “Navy Seals” and “Army Rangers” with “Kevlar Skin,” and Hecht even promoted himself as a “Gladiator in a Suit.”
By the time Rittenhouse had hired Pierce in late August 2020, all of his partners apparently had quit. Pierce, however, did not jump in alone, he teamed up with Atlanta attorney Lin “Execute VP Mike Pence by Firing Squad” Wood.
In late October, a foundation on which both Pierce and Wood were on the original Board of Directors hosted a fundraiser for Georgia senatorial candidate Doug Collins. The unsuccessful bid included “Team MAGA Endorses” flyers, which featured the likes of Roger Stone, Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos.
Leading up to the Capitol Attack, according to CNN: “Michael Flynn drew comparisons to Civil War battlefields and spoke of Americans who died for their country. Roger Stone called it a struggle ‘between the godly and the godless, between good and evil.’”
As for Papadopoulos, he tweeted the day before the Attack: “This is our 1776 moment.”
Bernie Kerik, who like Flynn, Stone and Papadopoulos was pardoned by President Trump, is also part of the picture. Pierce was replaced by Kerik – a long-time Giuliani ally – on the foundations’ Board of Directors in September. Less than two months before the Attack, on November 30, 2020, Kerik is in the background of a photograph of Rudy Giuliani and Jacob “QAnon Shaman” Chansley.
And then there is Steve Bannon, who, per the New York Times, was called a “vindictive, nasty figure,” by former Breitbart News editor Ben Shapiro, as well “nightmare” and a “terrifying man” by Glenn Beck.
As it turns out, in December, Robert J. Costello took over as Bannon’s lawyer to defend criminal charges related to the “We Build a Wall” fraud case. Costello is Giuliani’s “longtime friend,” was co-counsel with Pierce’s firm for Giuliani’s issues with Ukraine, and appeared as co-counsel with Pierce in a case filed in New York several months ago.
Costello even vouched for the Los Angeles based Pierce to practice law in New York, which is notable given a separate Pierce request to practice in the State, and another to practice in Wisconsin, were met with opposition – New York and Wisconsin – and in both instances Pierce swiftly turned tail and withdrew his applications.
To recap, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Lin Wood, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Bernie Kerik’s worlds have interconnected with the embattled Pierce Bainbridge attorney who’s been immersed in Kyle Rittenhouse’s world. The same John Pierce who was talking Revolutionary War months before the Attack on the Capitol. Perhaps just a coincidence, perhaps not, whatever the case, the “Is it All Connected?” feel is certainly intriguing.