Politics

October 09, 2020

13 men charged in plot to kidnap US governor

photo credit: Michigan Municipal League (MML) (Flickr)

The Gist

FBI says the men conspired to overthrow the government of Michigan, kidnap governor Gretchen Whitmer and try her for treason. 

The List

  • The plotters are members of a militia group, called 'Wolverine Watchmen' - authorities say they recently have surveilled Ms. Whitmer's properties.
  • Under Ms. Whitmer's leadership, Michigan enacted strict COVID-19 measures, which led her to become the target for coronavirus skeptics.
  • “I knew this job would be hard,” Ms. Whitmer said, in reaction to arrests. “But I’ll be honest, I never could have imagined anything like this.”
  • FBI says an undercover agent attended the militia meeting in June where the men discussed their plan to overthrow the state government.
  • “Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” the FBI affidavit said.

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