During their meeting in Dublin, Ohio in June, the alleged plotters “discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governor of Michigan and Virginia based on the lockdown orders,” FBI Special Agent Richard Trask said in his testimony during a bail hearing for the suspects at a US District Court in Michigan.
The defendants in Tuesday’s hearing were among the six facing federal kidnapping charges. They face life in prison if found guilty.
One of the accused men, Kaleb Franks, was denied bail by the judge on Wednesday.
The other seven out of the 13 suspects, arrested last week over plans to abduct Whitmer, will be tried in Michigan for their links to the Wolverine Watchmen militia group.
Trask also revealed that one of the group’s members suggested going to Whitmer’s house to “cap her.” The plan was to grab a pizza delivery man and seize his uniform in order to reach the governor without raising suspicion.
The agent’s testimony was based on evidence from confidential informants as well as the group’s encrypted communications.
It’s believed that the suspects decided to act against Whitmer after she faced criticism from President Donald Trump and other Republicans over introducing harsh restrictions against the coronavirus. In April, Trump took to Twitter to post “Liberate Michigan!” and “Liberate Virginia.”
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