Domestic Terrorism: Six right-wing militia members have been arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The FBI reports the kidnapping was part of a larger plot to violently overthrow the state government.
Detroit Free Press reports:
The federal government has charged six people with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to newly unsealed court records.
The Hill reports:
A militia group planned to violently depose Michigan’s government and abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), the FBI said in a federal affidavit filed Thursday.
NBC News reports court documents identify the defendants as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta.
In an affidavit obtained by the Detroit News an FBI agent wrote:
Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor. The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.
The Detroit News notes:
The court filing also alleges the conspirators twice conducted surveillance at Whitmer’s vacation home and discussed kidnapping her to a remote location in Wisconsin to stand “trial” for treason prior to the Nov. 3 election.
NBC News reports at a July 27 meeting, Fox and an informant discussed a possible kidnapping of Whitmer, with the defendant allegedly saying:
Snatch and grab, man. Grab the f—ing governor. Just grab the b—-. Because at that point, we do that, dude — it’s over.
Earlier this year heavily armed militia members stormed Michigan’s state capitol building in an attempt to intimidate lawmakers deliberating on extending the state’s stay-at-home order.
Bottom line: Six right-wing militia members have been arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as part of a larger plot to violently overthrow the state government.