Federal Bureau of Investigation thwarts plans to kidnap Michigan's governor


According to federal and state officials, the civil war plotters were extremists who considered a range of actions to trigger mayhem.

Nessel said a total of 19 state felony charges were filed against the seven individuals, including counts for gang membership and for providing support for terrorist acts, part of a sweeping execution of warrants in more than a dozen cities.

They also planned to attack the capitol building in Lansing and kidnap government officials including Whitmer, she said.

According to the FBI, Fox said Whitmer "has no checks and balances at all". She has uncontrolled power right now. The two are accused of trying to intimidate MI voters, allegedly using robocalls to spread false information about mail-in ballots in order to depress turnout.

Nessel on Thursday announced state charges against seven people related to the freaky plan.

Andrew Birge, the US attorney in western MI, called the men "violent extremists".

"If you break the law or conspire to commit heinous acts of violence against anyone" in MI", the governor said, "we will find you, we will hold you accountable and we will bring you to justice".

Matthew Schneider is a US attorney for the eastern district of MI.

Whitmer pointed to Trump's refusal at the recent debate with Democrat Joe Biden to condemn white supremacists and "hate groups" like the two MI militias that allegedly targeted her.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushed back at her remarks, saying Trump has condemned all forms of hate.

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They were arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and MI police on Wednesday as they met to "pool funds for explosives and exchange tactical gear", the Justice Department said. It should be noted that when Democrats proposed banning guns from the capitol building for the safety of its members, Shirkey called the ban "cowardly". There's no indication in the criminal complaint that the men were inspired by Trump. Suspects allegedly surveilled Whitmer's vacation home twice and discussed bringing her to a remote area in Wisconsin to face trial for "treason".

The six men charged with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer were identified as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta. They asked for court-appointed lawyers and were returned to jail to await detention hearings Tuesday.

"He was anti-police, anti-government", Brian Titus told WOOD-TV. Last April, he called on her to reopen the state, posting the statement "LIBERATE MICHIGAN" on social media. "When they stoke and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit", Whitmer said. The group reportedly discussed peaceful and violent methods of achieving their ends, including murdering leaders they viewed as "tyrants" or possibly "taking" a governor hostage.

"I think that those protests were used actually as recruiting stations to add more members and to find people that were angry with the governor, angry with the government, and frankly, I think encouraged by the words of our president", Nessel said.

"The individuals in custody are suspected to have attempted to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, made threats of violence meant to instigate a civil war, and engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the capital building of MI and to kidnap government officials including the Governor of MI", said Nessel.

They were identified as Paul Bellar, 21, of Milford; Shawn Fix, 38, of Belleville; Eric Molitor, 36, of Cadillac; Michael Null, 38, of Plainwell; William Null, 38, of Shelbyville; Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 26, who live together in Munith. Upon returning to Michigan, Fox reached out to a militia group in the state, believing some members might be receptive to his and Croft's views.

A July meeting between an informant and Fox revealed that the defendant stated, "Snatch and grab, man. Grab the f**king governor". The identities of the three men were not immediately available. They are accused of planning to attack police and seeking a "civil war". Sgt. Michael Fink wrote in an affidavit.

"You know, the fact that after a plot to kidnap and to kill me, this is what they come out with". Some officers were dressed in camo gear carrying guns.

The rally was organized by Stand Up Michigan.

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