Prosecutors urge jury to indict 2 men in government Whitmer plot

Two men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan governor are seeking to capture and hang Gretchen Whitmer, prosecutors said Monday during a tough closing argument as Gov. tried a second time To seek conviction in an alleged conspiracy to trigger a revolution in 2020.

Assistant US Attorney Nils Kessler said, “These defendants were outside a woman’s home at night with night vision goggles and guns and were planning to kidnap her.” “And they made a real bomb. That’s far enough, isn’t it?”

After nine days of trial, Assistant US Attorney Nils Kessler repeatedly urged jurors to also pay attention to what Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. were saying months earlier. FBI That summer kept secret agents and informers inside the group.

It was Kessler’s attempt that the jury rejected a defense argument that Fox and Croft were implicated at every step by the government.

Kessler quoted Croft’s own words as saying, “‘Which governor will be dragged first and hanged for treason?” Kessler said.

“Any governor will do,” Kessler said. “By the end of June, he was telling people that Michigan’s government is a target of opportunity, and God knows the governor should be hung. He didn’t just want to kidnap her. He wanted to test his own. and wanted to execute it.

The ultimate goal: a second American revolution, “something called a boogaloo,” the prosecutor said.

Fox and Croft are facing trial for the second time in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after a jury did not reach a unanimous verdict in April, but Two others were acquitted.

The jury overheard the secretly recorded conversation and read the violent social media posts. Two secret agents and an informant testified for hours, describing how the men trained in Wisconsin and Michigan visited Elk Rapids to see Whitmer’s home and a nearby bridge that could be blown up.

“The strongest witness in the whole case” was the defendant’s own words, Kessler told the jury.

Other key witnesses: Ty Garbin and Caleb Franks, who pleaded guilty, and informant Dan Chappelle, an Army veteran, who said he went to the FBI after hearing a plan to join a Michigan paramilitary group and kill police.

According to trial evidence, Fox, Croft and their allies were furious about the COVID-19 restrictions and generally hated the government.

However, defense attorneys say Fox and Croft were a mumbling, abusive, marijuana-smoking duo Exercising the freedom of expression and being unable to lead to anything extraordinary as the kidnapping of a public official. He says FBI agents and informers fueled his outrage and dragged him into their web.

Croft Bear, 46, is from Delaware. Fox, 39, was living in the basement of a vacuum shop in the Grand Rapids area.

Democrats, Whitmer Blames Then-President Donald Trump For incite distrust and incite anger On coronavirus restrictions and refusing to condemn people accused of conspiracy such as hate groups and right-wing extremists.

Over the weekend, she said she was not pursuing a second trial but was concerned about “violent rhetoric in this country”.

“This is an alarming trend that is happening,” Whitmer said in Michigan. Democratic PartyConference in Lansing. “We cannot let this become normal and I hope that anyone who is plotting to hurt their fellow Americans will be held accountable.”

Trump recently called the kidnapping plan a “fake deal.”

The Justice Department charged Croft, Fox, and four others while Trump was in office. The second trial took place while the FBI was under investigation by its right-wing supporters, particularly after the discovery Documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Law enforcement officials across the country are warning of an increase in threats and the potential for violent attacks on agents or buildings.

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