Michigan Plotters Discussed Grabbing Virginia Governor, FBI SaysOctober 13, 2020
The men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as part of a plan to overthrow the state’s government in response to coronavirus lockdown measures also considered taking Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified on Tuesday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation got the information in June from an informant who was concerned about the plan and decided to take it to authorities, FBI agent Richard Trask testified at a preliminary hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A preliminary hearing is an early procedural step in a case in which a prosecutor must show that there’s enough evidence to charge a defendant. It’s a rarely used alternative to a grand jury proceeding.
Trask was questioned by prosecutors and defense lawyers at the hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally J. Berens, who will hear arguments on whether to grant bail to five men accused in the plot.
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