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How the FBI foiled an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor

Federal authorities have arrested thirteen men — seven of whom have links to an anti-government militia group called the ‘Wolverine Watchmen’ — on charges of conspiring to kidnap the Michigan governor, attack the state legislature and target law enforcement.

According to a detailed affidavit released by the FBI, the elaborate plot was hatched over several months and involved actual field training exercises, homemade explosive devices and extensive surveillance of Governor Whitmer’s vacation home.

The US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has thwarted an alleged plot to abduct and overthrow the Democratic Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. The suspects allegedly planned to kidnap Whitmer and take her to a secure location in Wisconsin for what they called a ‘treason trial’, the FBI announced on Thursday.



According to a detailed affidavit released by the FBI, the elaborate plot was hatched over several months and involved actual field training exercises, homemade explosive devices and extensive surveillance of Governor Whitmer’s vacation home.

But, why were they targeting Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer?

Over the last few months, Whitmer had drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, several of his supporters and members of anti-government militia groups because of the strict restrictions on movement she had imposed in the state to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, thousands of demonstrators — several of whom were heavily armed — stormed the Michigan state capitol in Lansing to demand an end to Whitmer’s lockdown orders. Standing on the steps of the capitol, the protestors loudly chanted, “Lock her up.” They were egged on by President Trump himself, who had tweeted “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”

At the time, Whitmer was also being considered for the role of Democratic Presidential Joe Biden’s running mate. But later, Senator Kamala Harris was selected as the party’s Vice Presidential nominee.

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What was the group allegedly planning to do?

Out of the thirteen men who were arrested, six planned to abduct Governor Whitmer and hold a “treason trial” against her. According to the FIR affidavit, the names of the men were Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Casert and Ty Garbin.

The remaining seven, who are said to have been linked with the ‘Wolverine Watchmen’ militia group, are facing charges of gang affiliation and providing material support to terrorists. The suspects allegedly hoped to instigate a civil war by targeting law enforcement authorities and making threats of violence.

The men who had planned to kidnap the governor met several times during the summer for firearms training, combat drills and even practiced how to make explosives, the FBI said.

At a meeting held on June 6, two of them men — Croft and Fox — met with more than a dozen other people from several different states to discuss creating “a society that followed the U.S. Bill of Rights and where they could be self-sufficient,” the FBI said. Realising that they needed more people, they reached out to a militia group.

The group wanted to gather around “200 men” to storm the Capitol building and kidnap top officials, including the governor, before the US’ election day on November 3. If their plan failed, they were going to allegedly attack the governor in her home.

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