An Army veteran who recorded hours of conversation as an FBI whistleblower told jurors yesterday that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is the clear target of extremists who train, meet in secret and vent their anger at the government.
The whistleblower, known as Dan, is a key witness for prosecutors in the trial of four men charged with kidnapping conspiracy in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The program unfolded in 2020 as the Democratic governor, as well as leaders in other states, kept people at home and imposed other restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dan helped launch profane, violent and seemingly incriminating records that lie at the heart of the government’s claim that the group committed to kidnapping Ms Whitmer without investigators falling into the trap.
In August 2020, Dan said he was driving a pickup truck with Adam Fox and another man when they took photos and video of Ms. Whitmer’s second home in Elk Rapids in northern Michigan.
“That’s it! No question. That’s it!” the jury heard Mr Fox say.
Dan said he later took a picture while Mr Fox drew a map of the area, which included a motorway, Ms Whitmer’s home and the location of local police departments.
Earlier, jurors heard co-defendant Barry Croft Jr. say on a recording that he wants “them” to stand trial, adding, “Treason is a hanging misdemeanor.”
Assistant US Attorney Nils Kessler asked who “she” was?
“The governor of Michigan,” Dan replied.
Dan, 35, was not asked his last name when he sat in the witness chair.
He explained to jurors how he became a whistleblower and described himself as a libertarian and gun rights advocate who was looking for ways to improve his firearms skills when he found the Wolverine Watchmen on Facebook.
But things turned sour.
“They wanted to attack law enforcement and kill them,” Dan said.
He shared this information with a friend in law enforcement.
“About a week later, I was contacted by the FBI … They asked if I would stay with the group and monitor their activities,” he told the jury.
Mr Fox, Mr Croft, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta are charged with conspiracy.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/fbi-informant-recorded-plot-to-kidnap-governor-gretchen-whitmer-41463931.html An FBI informant chronicled a conspiracy to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer