Six men have been accused of plotting to kidnap Democrat Governor 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 both 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. Whitmer has also been criticized for paying nursing home facilities to take COVID positive patients and for her wreckless regard for Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens living or convalescing in nursing homes. According to MI.gov– As of Sept. 30, there have been 2,176 reported nursing home patients and 22 staff members working for long-term facilities who have died of COVID in Michigan. In total, Michigan has reported 6,847 COVID deaths.
She may be wildly unpopular in the state, but plotting the kidnapping of a sitting governor because you don’t agree with her orders is not how we do things in America.
ABC News reports- The men plotted for months, consulting and training with militia members, and undertaking rehearsals in August and September, according to the complaint. Four of the six men planned to meet Wednesday to “make a payment on explosives and exchange tactical gear,” the FBI said in the court filing.
The FBI quoted one of the accused as saying Whitmer “has no checks and balances at all. She has uncontrolled power right now. All good things must come to an end.”
The federal government has charged six people with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to newly unsealed court records.
Members of a militia group purchased weapons, conducted surveillance, and held training and planning meetings, but were foiled in part because the FBI was able to infiltrate the group with informants, according to charges officials planned to detail Thursday.
According to the Detroit Free Press – The FBI became aware early in 2020, through social media, that a militia group was “discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components,” and “agreed to take violent action,” according to a sworn affidavit.
Members of the group talked about “murdering … tyrants” or “taking” a sitting governor, according to the affidavit. One of the relevant meetings the FBI monitored was held June 20 in Grand Rapids. the affidavit alleges. Another meeting was held at a home in Luther, Mich., and in Munith.
Detroit News reports- The court filing also alleges the conspirators twice conducted surveillance at Whitmer’s personal vacation home and discussed kidnapping her to a “secure location” in Wisconsin to stand “trial” for treason prior to the Nov. 3 election.
“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”
The affidavit was filed hours after a team of FBI agents raided a Hartland Township home Wednesday and comes amid an ongoing investigation into the death of a Metro Detroit man killed during a shootout with FBI agents.