JACKSON, Mich. – Attorneys for Pete Musico, his son-in-law Joseph Morrison and Paul Bellar -- who are accused of being involved in a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap or kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer -- went head-to-head with state prosecutors Wednesday morning.
The attorneys are questioning the description of the Wolverine Watchmen as a terrorist organization.
State prosecutors revealed in court how the group ended up on the FBI’s radar in the first place. The FBI said they never heard of the Wolverine Watchmen until one of them created a Facebook Group.
The FBI believes Morrison was a founding member of the Wolverine Watchmen.
During the hearing, the FBI said the entire investigation that led to the alleged plot to kidnap or kill Whitmer and launch a deadly attack on the Lansing Capitol Building came from a Facebook page run by a founding member of the Wolverine Watchmen in which they called themselves a militia and a patriotic anti-government group.
The FBI called them a terrorist organization and that they began investigating the Wolverine Watchmen Facebook group as members, such as Musico, openly recruited members.
The FBI agent in charge read from one of Musico’s Facebook posts in court.
“If you actually want to train to be prepared for the group, now would be a better time to start than never,” he read. “We already have a field training day coming up this month. There’s a vetting process before getting into the actual group, but as long as you’re cool, we’re cool.”
An attorney for Bellar said the FBI has nothing on his client.