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Whitmer Kidnap case collapses in acquittals and mistrials as FBI tactics questioned

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.

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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.

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.

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’.

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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.”

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.

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.”

“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.

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.

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