FBI, other feds play key roles in thwarting Michigan plot

Federal employees across multiple agencies play crucial roles in stopping domestic terrorists—and took the lead this month in foiling a spectacular conspiracy to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and overthrow that state’s government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest under federal law of six co-conspirators, described by the agency as “violent extremists.”

“Federal and state law enforcement are committed to working together to make sure violent extremists never succeed with their plans, particularly when they target our duly elected leaders,” United States Attorney Andrew Birge, who is handling the case in Grand Rapids, Mich., said in an Oct. 8 press release.

Agency sources and news media note the conspiracy began partly in anger at Gov. Whitmer, for placing restrictions on public activity to curb the spread of illness and death caused by COVID-19—but that the coup attempt also is rooted in deeper ideologies of generally anti-government, separatist militias and white supremacists.

The accused conspirators had reportedly acquired firearms, assembled and test-fired explosives and put together other tactical gear, as well as scouted out locations to hit and put together plans for how and when to abduct the governor.

“These alleged extremists undertook a plot to kidnap a sitting governor,” said the FBI’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge Josh P. Hauxhurst. “Whenever extremists move into the realm of actually  planning violent acts, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force stands ready to identify, disrupt and dismantle their operations, preventing them from following through on those plans.”

The investigation and allied law enforcement operations were conducted in cooperation with other federal agencies and state and local law enforcement. The State of Michigan charged and arrested an additional seven individuals with various crimes—including providingmaterial support of terroristic activities” and of “possessing a firearm in the course of [the offense]”—for their involvement in the plot.


Reader comments

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

God Bless the FBI and law enforcement. Whether her actions were right or wrong, Governor Witmer is the duly elected governor of Michigan and she and the office she holds are to be respected. She is a democrat and I'm an independent but if I lived in Michigan and she were my governor, I would respect and obey her wishes while she's in office. In closing, if those extremists dont like her policies, then they should vote in the next election. These nuts were playing God and should be held accountable for their stupidity.

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Right wing nutso fringe minions are multiplying like vermin. The congress and senate help in fostering this situation.

Tue, Oct 13, 2020 CRAIG

Did the FBI call them to instigate the plot like they did with the kids in Cleveland that tried to blow up the 480 bridge?

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

These fine officers have diverted a situation that would have had grave consequences. They are to be recognized as national champions of civil freedom. I hope the idiots in congress and senate make note to how these employees performed their duties to this great nation.

Mon, Oct 12, 2020 sam

What next? A plot to overthrow the government of Rhode Island? What kind of craziness has this country got to? Good that the FBI and other agencies are still functioning.

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