Judge orders five defendants in domestic terror plot against Michigan governor to stand trial
DETROIT – Lawyers for defendants in the domestic terror plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer say their clients were all talk and never planned to intentionally carry out the plan. According to the FBI, he hosted the plotting group on his own property to allegedly continue to train and plan to kidnap the governor. Attorneys for Garbin and accused ringleader Adam Fox argued that talking about kidnapping the governor and storming the Capitol is protected free speech. The judge says there is more than enough evidence to show the two were trying to buy parts for a bomb.
5 men charged in domestic terror plot against Gov. Whitmer bound over for trial
LANSING, Mich. – Five of the men charged in an alleged domestic terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. FBI officials said the men were captured on audio tapes plotting to kidnap or kill Whitmer and overthrow the state Capitol Building. Brian Higgins was charged after the FBI uncovered a domestic terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. FBI officials said the alleged plot was to storm the state Capitol Building or kidnap Whitmer from her northern Michigan vacation home. FBI officials said they were able to stop the men before that happened.
Defense questions whether domestic terror group targeting Whitmer would have gone through with plan
LANSING, Mich. – The defense attorneys for two of the men charged in connection with a domestic terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are trying to cast doubt on whether the men actually planned to go through with their scheme. Brian Higgins was charged after the FBI uncovered a domestic terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. He’s accused of plotting to launch terror attacks and then kidnap or kill Whitmer. FBI officials said the alleged plot was to storm the state Capitol Building or kidnap Whitmer from her northern Michigan vacation home.
Officials charge 14th person linked to domestic terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. Whitmer
LANSING, Mich. – Officials have charged a 14th person in connection with the alleged domestic terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is charged with material support of an act of terrorism, a 20-year felony. He is the eighth man to be charged by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. The previous seven men charged by Nessel -- Paul Bellar, Shawn Fix, Eric Molitor, Michael Null, William Null, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison -- have been linked a domestic terror group called the Wolverine Watchmen. They also surveilled her northern Michigan vacation home, experimented with homemade explosives and trained with firearms and tactical gear, according to court records.
'Crackpots’: How attorneys plan to defend Michigan men accused in Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot
As some of the men accused in the domestic terror plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appear in court, we’re getting our first look at how the defense attorneys plan to present a much different story. The defense attorney for Ty Garbin -- one of 13 people charged after FBI agents uncovered the scheme -- has started to put his plan in motion. One of the defense attorney called the men “crackpots," saying their deliberations were all talk. FBI agents said three men from Metro Detroit were key players who were close to putting the plan into action.
Domestic terror plot leader wanted to leave Whitmer on boat in middle of Lake Michigan, FBI says
Gretchen Whitmer wanted to leave her on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan after kidnapping her, an FBI agent testified. Adam Fox, 34, of Grand Rapids, was one of five Michigan men in court Tuesday on charges that they conspired to kidnap the governor. Trask was asked why the men had been inspecting a boat ramp while plotting to kidnap Whitmer. “To be able to get a boat and take the governor out on the boat, leaving the area,” Trask said. Fox stated his plan or his idea was to take her out on the boat and leave her out in the middle of Lake Michigan,” Trask said.
'I’m not going to be deterred’: Michigan Gov. Whitmer opens up about domestic terror plot to kidnap her
Gretchen Whitmer opened up to Local 4 about how she felt hearing about the domestic terror plot to kidnap her. Whitmer, hold her hostage“State police is in charge of my security and I’ve never felt unsafe so I’m keeping the regular schedule and I’m not going to be deterred,” she said. “Seeing the ample information about the people involved in this plot and all the political activity that has taken place. I was not aware of other aspects to what the plot was about,” Whitmer said. “These are domestic terrorists that are intimidating and threatening our fellow Americans.”READ: Eric Trump cancels event at Michigan gun shop after former employee is linked to domestic terror plot against governor