Daily US Times: Michigan’s state attorney general has revealed that Governor Gretchen Whitmer was kept updated about a plot to abduct and overthrow her and was moved around as the FBI tracked her would-be kidnappers.
The FBI said on Thursday it had thwarted the plot by alleged militiamen who planned to hold a “treason trial” for the Governor.
A total of 13 men have been charged for the plot.
Strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan have made Governor Gretchen Whitmer a target for Covid-19 sceptics.
Attorney General Dana Nessel told CBS news on Friday: “At times, she and her family had been moved around as a result of activities that law enforcement was aware of.”
Ms Nessel said Governor Whitmer had been kept updated about the investigation in recent months.
She said the suspects came close enough to executing their plan that police had to move in “before anybody lost their lives”.
What were they allegedly planning?
An undercover source attended a June meeting in Ohio, where a group of Michigan-based militia members discussed overthrowing state governments “that they believed were violating the US Constitution”, according to a sworn FBI affidavit released on Thursday.
In one video, a suspect denounced Michigan’s role in deciding when to reopen gyms during the coronavirus lockdown.
Investigators said the men met in a basement that was accessed by a trapdoor hidden under a rug.
Six men are accused in federal court of plotting the kidnap. Among them, one from Delaware and five from Michigan.
These six were named as Brandon Casert, Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Ty Garbin. Authorities raided Mr Garbin’s residence on Wednesday.