New details about plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan indicted 13 conspirators planning to kidnap governor
Against this backdrop, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican President Donald Trump have accused each other of inciting political extremism.
13 people, seven of whom are associated with an anti-government militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen, have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to kidnap Michigan’s governor, attack the legislature and threaten law enforcement, state attorneys said Thursday..
The suspects were planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who had a public row with President Donald Trump over state government restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic..
The prosecutor’s office claims that the conspirators discussed the storming of the State Capitol in the capital of Michigan – Lansing and the hostage-taking, but later began to develop a plan to kidnap Whitmer in her country house..
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In a press conference, Whitmer accused Trump of inciting political extremism, citing his comments during a presidential debate with Joe Biden last week, when Trump refused to denounce white supremacists and instead urged members of the Proud Boys to “step back and be prepared. “.
“When our leaders meet, encourage and befriend domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and are complicit,” Whitmer said..
Trump criticized Whitmer on Twitter late Thursday night, saying the governor “did a terrible job,” calling her ungrateful to his administration.
“My Department of Justice and federal law enforcement announced … today that they have thwarted a dangerous conspiracy against the Governor of Michigan. Instead of saying thank you, she calls me a white supremacist, “- wrote Trump.
Biden issued a statement of his own, accusing Trump of “encouraging the bigotry and hatred we see on the rise in our country.”.
Six men named in DOJ documents – Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Caleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta – could end up in jail if convicted of attempting to kidnap Whitmer.
Fox and Croft, in particular, discussed bombing as a distraction tactic, “and Fox even examined the underside of the Michigan highway bridge for explosive sites,” Western Michigan Attorney Andrew Birge said in a briefing..
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Releases State Charges Against Seven Other Men Associated With Wolverine Guards And Accused Of Conspiring To Kidnap Governor And Promote Violence.
The Wolverine Guardians have been recruiting Facebook members and training with firearms since November 2019 to prepare for an uprising against the government or an impending civil war, according to prosecutorial documents..
According to the FBI, Fox wanted to kidnap Governor Whitmer ahead of the November 3 national elections and bring her to trial for “treason.”.
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