Michigan Militia Plotted To Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, FBI Says

Johnny Nguyen 09:35

Six defendants have been charged in a kidnapping scheme targeting the Michigan Democrat, who came under fire from President Donald Trump.

A Michigan militia was plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who has come under fire from President Donald Trump, according to the FBI.

Defendants Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to court documents.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent wrote that the bureau learned through social media in early 2020 that a group was “discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law-enforcement components.” At a meeting in June, several members of the group “talked about murdering ‘tyrants” or ‘taking’ a sitting governor.”

The group used encrypted chats to discuss the plan, according to the FBI.

“Snatch and grab, man. Grab the fuckin’ Governor. Just grab the bitch,” Fox allegedly wrote in one message when discussing kidnapping Whitmer at her vacation home or official summer residence. 

“I just wanna make the world glow, dude. I’m not even fuckin’ kidding. I just wanna make it all glow dude. I don’t fuckin’ care anymore, I’m just so sick of it. That’s what it’s gonna take for us to take it back, we’re just gonna have to ― everything’s gonna have to be annihilated man,” Fox said in one phone call. “We’re gonna topple it all, dude.”

The Detroit News first reported the news Thursday morning.

Read the FBI affidavit below.

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