Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was the target of a militia group who allegedly planned to kidnap her and overthrow the government. The F.B.I. says the members of the group met at a Second Amendment event and had staked out her vacation home, where they planned to use explosive devises to capture the governor.
“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”
The Detroit News says “the conspirators twice conducted surveillance at Whitmer’s personal vacation home in northern Michigan and discussed kidnapping her to a “secure location” in Wisconsin to stand “trial” for treason prior to the Nov. 3 election.”
If convicted, the six individuals involved in the plot face life in prison.
“The group talked about creating a society that followed the U.S. Bill of Rights and where they could be self-sufficient,” the FBI agent wrote.
“They discussed different ways of achieving this goal from peaceful endeavors to violent actions. At one point, several members talked about state governments they believed were violating the U.S. Constitution, including the government of Michigan and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“As part of that recruitment effort, Fox reached out to a Michigan-based militia group,” the agent added.
Whitmer talked about the incident at a press conference in Lansing today.