DETROIT – The suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about “taking” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam out of anger about the leader’s lockdown order during the COVID-19 pandemic, an FBI agent testified Tuesday.
Special FBI agent Richard Trask disclosed this detail during a preliminary examination in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where five suspects have bond hearings scheduled for Tuesday to determine if they should be released or remain jailed pending the outcomes of their cases.
Prior to the bond hearings, Trask outlined the FBI’s case against the men, alleging they are part of a larger group of self-titled militia members from multiple states who met online earlier this year and discussed attacking government officials.