FBI says it foiled plot to kidnap Michigan governor

The Hill

A militia group planned to violently depose Michigan’s government and abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), the FBI said in a federal affidavit filed Thursday.

“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit, obtained by the Detroit News. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.” 

Federal prosecutors plan to make a fuller statement on the alleged plot later Thursday, according to the newspaper.

At least six men have been charged in connection with the alleged terror plot, identified as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta.

The FBI says it investigated the alleged plot through a combination of undercover agents and confidential informants for several months.

The agency first became aware of the discussion of violent overthrow early in 2020 and found several references to murdering “tyrants” in online communications. Fox was allegedly tasked by others with touching base with a Michigan-based militia group, which was already on the FBI’s radar due to an alleged plot to obtain local law enforcement’s home addresses.

In June, Fox allegedly live-streamed a video to Facebook in which he excoriated Michigan’s restrictions on gyms during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the affidavit, he called Whitmer “this tyrant bitch,” adding “I don’t know, boys, we gotta do something. You guys link with me on our other location system, give me some ideas of what we can do.”

The alleged co-conspirators met at a militia member’s home three days later, according to the affidavit. An informant who attended the meeting said the group was told that anyone who was unwilling to participate in terror attacks and kidnapping should leave. Franks was the only one who left before the end of the night, but it did not appear to be in response to the ultimatum, according to the affidavit.

The alleged plotters participated in training exercises and combat drills later in July, including attempting to construct an improvised explosive device. In a July 18 meeting, they reportedly discussed an attack on a Michigan State Police facility, while Garbin later suggested a shooting at Whitmer’s vacation home.

Fox again floated the idea of kidnapping Whitmer in a July 27 conversation, saying the best time would be while she was arriving at or leaving either her own vacation home or the state-owned governors’ residence. “Snatch and grab, man. Grab the f—in’ Governor. Just grab the bitch,” he allegedly said. “Because at that point, we do that, dude — it’s over.”

Whitmer, who imposed some of the nation’s strictest measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, said in May that she saw an “explosion” of threats as a result. Large protests featuring heavily armed demonstrators were also held at the statehouse.

The governor’s residence implemented a $1.1-million security upgrade in September, which a spokesperson for her office said was part of “routine maintenance and upgrades.”

In May, Robert Sinclair Tesh, a 32-year-old Detroit man, was charged with threatening to kill both Whitmer and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D).

“We understand that these times can be stressful and upsetting for many people. But we will not and cannot tolerate threats like these against any public official who are carrying out their duties as efficiently as they can,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement at the time. “You can disagree with their positions or their methodology, but you absolutely cannot act as this defendant allegedly acted or you will be charged criminally.”

President Trump himself has railed against Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions, tweeting in April, “liberate Michigan.”


14 thoughts on “FBI says it foiled plot to kidnap Michigan governor

  1. Here we go, get the violins out..!!

    If this is even partially true, here’s ur problem!

    “”The FBI says it investigated the alleged plot through a combination of undercover agents and confidential informants for several months“”

    Mostly it’s always FBI setting this shit up anyhow, that said, what moron thinks along these lines, kidnap a fkn Governor how Ridiculous… are they intending to hold ransom or play politics?

    Like I say if the organized militia is ready to get things going to restore our republic and eradicate all these radical criminal alphabet agencies… and this fiction Corp masquerading as the people’s government

    All they got to do is that, start a shooting..!!

    I guess the organized militia expects us to start it off and “get it going” like Koernke always says, Then they can come in and clean up and be the heroes…they be awaiting…for our sacrifices I guess..!

  2. The question might be asked, is every militia and so-called “patriot” group, organized or unorganized, already infiltrated by these agent provocateurs and set up for a take-down? May that’s the message they’re trying to convey to keep us hopelessly divided…

    1. this is exactly where im at with this

      no one could stand to be in the same room with this bitch for 30 seconds , no one is kidnapping this vile man faced bitch , get real

      lies and more lies .. great idea , sure .. but not well thought out by the FIB , as usual

      just another way to off center the militia movement , that obviously has them scared , and rightfully so

      1. Problem that smacks me in the face is that there was a supposed informant. If this person was looking at huge time on another beef, then all this other shit means nothing.

        Yes, nobody likes the bitch, so this is her chess move, set somebody up, scare the people into submission.

        Its like the mask thing, just don’t put it on, fk em..Don’t show fear.

        Now, watch Trump move in on this and “fix” this, looking for votes.

        Monkey standing on the lions back wearing a tux with a whip, circus center stage.

        So thirteen people are pissed off and wanted to do something, it was only talk, then the informant starts to shop for a deal and embellishes for his captor overlords, and guess what. we have arrests…

        like Henry said on the show, bilderberg bitches do this shit everyday and actually carry their shit out, crickets…….

    1. +1

      My GF is in a Michigan militia. I told her; ‘Trust NO ONE. Period’. She said; ‘I know.’

      Her ex-SEAL grandpa trained her well.

  3. I’d take out the lower hanging fruit first, like the media propagandists. The tyrants depend on the complicit media to broadcast their ‘executive orders’. I’ll bet 50 trillion dollars not one maskhole has been served lawfully, they are taking orders from their tell a lie visions

    This story is bee ess

  4. Well there’s at least 2 VERY jewish-sounding names in that line up of so-called militia! I ain’t swallowing this BS for a second!

  5. 2 maybe 3 people out of that group are real, rest are cops. She had a fit a few months ago when the militia stood outside the capitol armed. Just a shyt show nothing to see here ,more pushing for gun control.

  6. The fear in their actions is palatable

    I taste it every morning with my coffee

    And yes , we the people do hold the power to arrest her , and she knows it

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