The US Department of Justice announced in a statement on Thursday that the FBI and other law enforcement have foiled a group’s plan to kidnap the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.
According to the statement, they have arrested and charged six men involved in the plot.
The militia had planned to kidnap the Governor from her vacation house in the Western District of Michigan.
Whitmer Thanked Law Enforcements
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to call out the Michigan Governor for not thanking him.
“My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced today” that they thwarted a dangerous plan against the Governor, wrote Trump.
“Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
While it is true that Whitmer did not thank the President, she did thank the FBI and other law enforcement.
During a conference on Thursday, she thanked everyone involved in preventing the militia from kidnapping, and perhaps, killing her.
“Thank you to the fearless FBI agents,” the Governor started.
Whitmer also thanked the Michigan State Police Troopers, who acted under the leadership of Colonel Joe Gasper.
She also thanked Michigan’s Attorney General, Dana Nessel, and US Attorneys, Andrew Birge, Matthew Schneider, and their teams for pursuing criminal charges against the group.
More Details on the Case
According to the Justice Department’s statement, the names of those arrested are Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harries, Ty Garbin, and Brandon Caserta.
The federal complaint alleges that the FBI began their investigation on the matter this year.
It started after the FBI became aware that a group of individuals wanted to overthrow some “government and law enforcement components.”
Upon further investigation, they were able to learn that the group was planning to kidnap Whitmer and have done actions to further the plan.
For example, the group communicated using codes and phrases to thwart off detection.
They have also launched a “coordinated surveillance” on the Governor’s vacation house.
The group has also discussed detonating explosive devices to divert the police near her house.
In fact, they have already allegedly detonated an improvised explosive device to test its capabilities.
Moreover, one of the defendants, Fox, allegedly bought a taser to assist in kidnapping Whitmer.