Two men have been acquitted and the jury deadlocked in the trial of two others in a case involving an alleged plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Adam Fox, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft have each faced a kidnapping conspiracy charge. Harris and Caserta were found not guilty, while charges against Fox and Croft ended in a mistrial.
The kidnapping plot was reportedly discussed at a meeting in Ohio around June 2020, and plans were made until October – just before the election – when six of the men were first arrested.
A total of fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the bizarre plot, 13 of whom have pleaded “not guilty”.
The one man who pleaded guilty agreed to testify against the others and was sentenced to six years and three months for his role in the domestic terrorism case.
Whitmer’s “kidnapping” plot has been used to attack both Trump supporters and opponents of Whitmer’s ridiculous covid regime. Now, a jury agrees that it was all an FBI concoction. https://t.co/pTj61Xlw6S
— Alexander McKay (@ARmckay82) April 9, 2022
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Whitmer’s kidnapping case falls apart
The New York Times describes the latest findings in the Whitmer kidnapping case as “a blow to the Justice Department, which under the Biden administration has made domestic terrorism one of its top priorities at the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol.
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The Times notes that attorneys for the defendants had successfully argued that the “supposed conspiracy” was “conceived and instigated by a network of FBI agents and informants”.
“Issues with the actions of some FBI agents also loomed over the trial, although little was explicitly discussed in front of the jury,” they added.
Remember when countless reporters, pundits and politicians cried out with such certainty about Governor Whitmer’s kidnapping plot as if it were an established fact, when the only thing that is now established is that it was a botched FBI entrapment plot.
—Michael Tracey (@mtracey) April 8, 2022
The defendants in the Whitmer case have insisted they were tricked into an overzealous and seriously compromised FBI investigation.
A shocking Buzzfeed report from late last year said the case was “complicated” by a “set of issues” involving the FBI’s handling of the case.
“The case appeared to be a lock,” they reported at the time, “until an informant and an FBI agent were charged with crimes, another charged with perjury, and a third promoting ‘a private security company’.
FBI investigation into Michigan governor’s alleged kidnapping plot is a mess (one informant and one FBI agent were charged with crimes, another was charged with perjury, a third was found promoting a private security company, among other issues):
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) December 17, 2021
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The plot was Trump’s fault
The alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer was used by the media to portray Trump supporters and Republicans as violent extremists ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in an interview with CNN said the plot was “very serious” and “dangerous”.
“I can tell you from my own experience, having dealt with literally dozens and dozens of similar conspiracies during my time in the FBI, that this conspiracy has all the hallmarks of a very serious and dangerous situation that we all have to deal with. the luck that the FBI and its partners found themselves in the middle of, ”he said.
They seem to be a little too “in the middle” of the supposed plot.
Whitmer also blamed former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for inciting the plot against her.
“When our leader speaks, his words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet, encourage or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit,” she said. “When they stir up and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit.”
Add this to the many reasons why Election *2020 gets an asterisk: @JoeBiden falsely blamed Trump for attempted kidnapping @GovWhitmer for which 2 defendants were acquitted amid questions about the FBI’s role in fomenting the conspiracy. https://t.co/jVxUsp4SkD via @BreitbartNews
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) April 8, 2022
Biden points the finger at Trump
Then-President Biden also pointed the finger at Trump.
“The white supremacists and these militias are a real threat. I must commend the FBI and the police department for what they have done and how they have stepped up. But look, a president’s words matter,” Biden said.
Michigan investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff poked fun at the case against those who allegedly plotted to kidnap Whitmer, saying the allegations were “stink” from the start.
“These guys were chatting on Facebook like we all do. It’s gone too far, the FBI gets wind of it and starts leading these guys down the path. I don’t know about the rest of the media, but I said this stinky thing,” LeDuff told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“The jury reads the same verdict,” he continued. “There’s a difference between talking and then the feds walking you to a case.”
Carlson in June 2021 alleged that undercover FBI agents orchestrated a large majority of the plot against Whitmer.
“In other words, almost half of the kidnapping gang worked for the FBI,” he said.
Tucker-Carlson & @julie_kelly2 Discuss the Buzzfeed report on the FBI’s involvement in Governor Whitmer’s conspiracy and the striking similarities it has to January 6
Tucker: “So what does this suggest about Jan. 6, before dismissing it as a ‘conspiracy theory?’ pic.twitter.com/f7WCV3zIp6
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 22, 2021
Sanborn avoids Cruz’s questions
Although there is officially little evidence that the FBI played a role during the Capitol Riot, this case is falling apart and the seemingly universal understanding that the bureau had attempted to frame the defendants will renew interest.
Just three months ago, FBI Executive Assistant Director of National Security Jill Sanborn repeatedly dodged questions from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) about whether or not agents from the bureau or Confidential Informants at the January 6 Riot.
Asked by Cruz about the role of agents or informants in the riot, Sanborn repeatedly replied, “I can’t answer that.”
.@SenTedCruz“Did FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6? Yes or no?”
FBI’s Jill Sanborn: “I can’t answer that.” pic.twitter.com/Z5Sj1tSyNx
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 11, 2022
“How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6? Cruz asked.
“Sir, I’m sure you can understand that I can’t go into details of sources and methods -” Sanborn began before Cruz rephrased the question.
“I can’t answer that,” Sanborn replied.
“Did FBI agents or confidential informants commit violent crimes on January 6? the Texas Republican continued to press.
“I can’t answer that,” Sanborn replied again.
Sen. @tedcruz says Administrator Biden must “confess” whether or not the FBI is “a politicized law enforcement operation” that actively encouraged unlawful behavior on January 6. pic.twitter.com/7L3qdWJL9u
— The Post-Millennium (@TPostMillennial) January 12, 2022
Whitmer releases statement
Governor Whitmer released a statement following the verdicts in the kidnapping plot. In it, she continued to cling to the idea that the case was the result of extremist rhetoric.
“Today, the people of Michigan and Americans, especially our children, are experiencing the normalization of political violence,” she said.
“The plot to kidnap and kill a governor may seem like an anomaly. But we have to be honest about what it really is: the result of violent and confrontational rhetoric that is all too common in our country,” Whitmer added.
“Without accountability, extremists will be emboldened.”
Without accountability to the FBI, extremists will continue to try to frame people with opposing political views – whether on the right or the Muslims they often accused of having links to terrorism after 9/11. september.
The office is out of control. There must be an investigation and they must be purged of any other politically motivated extremists in their ranks.