On October 8, it was announced that six men were arrested over an alleged plot to kidnap the Democrat governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, and turn her over in Wisconsin for trial on the charge of treason. The complaint that was unsealed in a federal court today, charges six men, five of the men are Michigan residents Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, the sixth man, Barry Croft is a Delaware resident.
Whitmer has been criticized by Independent voters, Republicans, and Democrats for her draconian lockdown measures over the COVID pandemic, causing businesses to close and over one million residents to file for unemployment.
During an interview with Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press, Governor Whitmer, with no evidence of her vile accusation, attempted to tie the group of men accused of plotting to kidnap her to President Trump and white supremacy.
The truth is, the more the public discovers about the men involved in the plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer, the more it’s clear the anti-police, anti-government, anti-Trump radicals were more aligned with the Marxist BLM movement and violent domestic terrorist group, Antifa.
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Brandon Caserta, one of the anarchists who was arrested for plotting to kidnap Whitmer, actually hates President Trump and is on video calling Trump a “tyrant.”
“Trump is not your friend dude,” Caserta said.
He says Trump is “a tyrant” and calls President Trump an “enemy.”
Wow! This is big. Brandon Caserta, one of the ringleaders of the group of men arrested for a plot where the group planned to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, hated President Trump too!
"Trump is not your friend dude"
He says Trump is "a tyrant" & calls President Trump an "enemy". pic.twitter.com/T5paEeTkiJ
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 8, 2020
Yesterday, the Detroit Free Press reported about the five defendants who appeared in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids where the government disclosed shocking new allegations in the case, including: Fox wanted to take Whitmer out on a boat and leave her in Lake Michigan; the group talked about also kidnapping Virginia’s governor; and one suspect — Daniel Harris, a decorated Marine — allegedly asked his cohorts if they were interested in killing a cop in Maine for one of his friends.
23-year-old Daniel Harris, attended a Black Lives Matter protest in June, telling the Oakland County Times he was “upset about the killing of George Floyd and police violence.”
Defense lawyers, meanwhile, argued that the government has only produced snippets of conversations in the case and that there is no evidence that the accused had any real plan to kidnap Whitmer. They said that it remains to be seen what roles the undercover informants and FBI agents played in the case and whether they pushed the others into carrying out the plan, which in the end was foiled when FBI agents arrested five men during a setup on Oct. 7.
Graham was grilling FBI special agent Richard Trask about his testimony that at least 13 self-described militia members plotted to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home and do one of two things: either take her on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan and leave her there, or, take her to Wisconsin and try her for treason.
Graham asked agent Trask how the suspects planned to get Whitmer to Wisconsin.
The agent had no specific answer, beyond saying there were audio recordings of the suspects discussing a plan to take Whitmer to another state, among them Wisconsin.
Graham then asked the agent what the suspects planned to do with Whitmer after they left her in the lake. The agent had no specific answer, beyond testifying that the accused ringleader, Adam Fox, wanted to “take her out on a boat and leave her in the middle of Lake Michigan.”
Gary Springstead — the Grand Rapids-based attorney representing Ty Garbin, 24, of Hartland Township — told reporters outside the courthouse that he believes there is still more evidence to be presented.
Springstead also said the use of an informant in the investigation to thwart the plot raises questions. Feds said an informant wore wires to meetings to record the men charged and collect information on the kidnapping plan.
“(I)t’s become an issue in certain cases where the informant pushes some of the information, and the court and the government and the defense attorneys have to be leery of that,” Springstead told reporters. “Because their job is not to assess what the government informant wants them to do, it’s to assess the accused’s intent and what they actually planned on doing.”
“One of the most active leaders was your informant.” -Defense Attorney Scott Graham
Defense attorney Michael Darragh Hills, who is representing Caserta, said his client didn’t actually plan on doing anything, even though the government said that Caserta threatened to kill police officers.
Hill argued that the threats were rhetorical and never acted on.
Still, defense lawyers contend that there was no probable cause to arrest and charge the suspects, arguing, among other things, that the suspects had no operational plan to do anything, were engaged in all legal activities — including talking in encrypted group chats and practicing military exercises with lawfully owned guns — and that it was the informants and undercover agents who “pushed” others to do illegal things.
Meanwhile, Michigan’s radical Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to push the vile conspiracy theory that pro-law enforcement President Trump is somehow responsible for the alleged plot to kidnap her.
When President Trump mentioned Michigan’s overreaching Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer at his rally yesterday afternoon in Muskegon, MI, the crowd responded with “Lock her up!” a chant that was commonly directed at “Crooked Hillary” during Trump’s 2016 rallies.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who regularly attacks President Trump to score points with her far-left base, tweeted a clip of the Michigan residents chanting “Lock her up!”
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It needs to stop,” she tweeted.
Governor Whitmer was referring to a plot by radicals to kidnap the governor and turn her over in WI to be tried for treason. There is no evidence that any of the men involved in the plot are supporters of Trump, but there is evidence that one of the men despised President Trump and another was a BLM supporter. Whitmer ignored that the evidence that none of the members of the alleged plot were aligned with Trump and tried to blame his “rhetoric” for the plot against her during her press conference. She tried her baseless accusation again tonight with this tweet:
This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It needs to stop. https://t.co/EWkNQx3Ppx
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 17, 2020