Federal and state authorities confirm that 13 white men have been arrested and charged for planning to kidnap the top executive in the state of Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitman.
Of the 13, six of them face federal charges for the kidnapping plot: Michigan residents Adam Fox, 37, Ty Garbin, 24, Kaleb Franks, 26, Daniel Harris, 23, Brandon Caserta, 32, and Delaware resident Barry Croft, 44. The others are only facing state charges: Paul Bellar, 21, Shawn Fix, 38, Eric Molitor, 36, Michael Null, 38, William Null, 38, Pete Musico, 42, Joseph Morrison, 42.
Amongst the lot are several different firearm and terror charges.
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It is believed that these men are a part of the “Wolverine Watchmen.”
This is ironic and laughable when you consider that the two comic book franchises based on their Marvel origin stories are rooted in diversity and tolerance.
“The individuals in (state) custody are suspected to have attempted to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, made threats of violence intended to instigate a civil war, and engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the capitol building of Michigan and to kidnap government officials, including the governor of Michigan,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said at a press conference.
She further stated, “This is unlike anything we have seen before. The brave men and women of these two police organizations put their lives on the line to keep me and my family safe.”
“I’m incredibly grateful and humbled by the work they do.”
Allegedly, the goons were not going to stop there. Their vision was to take over in an anarchist fury the state governments that they “believe are violating the US Constitution” a federal criminal complaint revealed.
In reference to the kidnapping and the danger they posed towards her life, Gov. Whitman blamed the president for instigating the violence on a national level with dog whistles to white supremacist groups.
“Just last week, the President of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacist and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” she said. “‘Stand back and stand by,’ he told them. ‘Stand back and stand by.’ Hate groups heard the President’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action. When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight.”
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The White House responded via a statement to CNN through their mouthpiece Kayleigh McEnany.
“President Trump has continually condemned white supremacists and all forms of hate,” she wrote. “Governor Whitmer is sowing division by making these outlandish allegations. America stands united against hate and in support of our federal law enforcement who stopped this plot.” No comment of regrets that this happened to her or commitment to the safety of people who serve the nation.
The Feds infiltrated the group with several plants during the summer and have audio and videotapes of the plot from the mouths of the domestic terrorists, including Facebook Lives from private groups.
The investigation expanded across states and more things will be released.