Saturday, 31 October, 2020

Court hearing resumes in plot to kidnap MI governor

Additional suspects charged in kidnapping plot against Gov. Whitmer 14th suspect arrested in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor
Gustavo Carr | 17 October, 2020, 17:40

One of the men accused in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was rebuffed in his request to be launched on bail Friday.

Some of them also participated in surveillance of Whitmer's northern MI home, Kessler said, rejecting defense attorneys' implication that the men participated in paramilitary group exercises without a specific plan for using those techniques. If convicted, Higgins could get up to 20 years in prison. Eight others are believed to be members or associates of a group called the Wolverine Watchmen and are charged in state court with counts including providing material support for terrorist acts.

Federal charges were filed against six others in the alleged conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer, a Democrat.

"While the political rhetoric in our nation may at times be divisive, I am encouraged by the united front our law enforcement community has displayed in response to this indescribable act of terror", Nessel said in a statement.

Authorities allege members of two anti-government paramilitary groups took part in plotting the kidnapping of Whitmer. Another member of the group, Ty Garbin, was denied his bail under a U.S. judge's decision on the same day. Another man, Adam Fox, waived his right to a hearing on bond and will also remain in custody.

As of Thursday, a total of 14 men from MI and Wisconsin have been arrested on charges that they planned, among other things, to kidnap Gov. Whitmer, take her to Wisconsin to face a trial before them, and execute her. Higgins provided night-vision goggles for the mission, the document says.

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"The fact that (the plan) was likely to be unsuccessful or hard to accomplish" isn't relevant to decide whether there is probable cause that they made a plan, she said.

A federal complaint said the groups cased the property August 29 and the night of September 12, and that the plotters had discussed taking Whitmer to Wisconsin for "trial".

Prosecutors say the men also sought to target law enforcement officers at their homes for intimidation, made threats of violence to incite civil unrest and trained for an operation to storm the MI state capitol in Lansing to take government officials hostage.

Higgins participated "in a plan of domestic terrorism that included storming the Michigan Capitol building and harming government officials, "the attorney general's office said".

"It's loose talk", Scott Graham, an attorney for Franks, said.