A total of 13 members of a militia group have been charged in connection with a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), which federal records released Thursday indicated was allegedly part of a plan to raid the state Capitol in Lansing. Members of the group Wolverine Watchmen planned the plot as part of a larger mission to start a civil war, federal authorities said. According to reporting by the Detroit Free Press, the FBI and the Michigan attorney general filed felony domestic terrorism charges against group organizers. Six also face federal kidnapping charges, with at least seven others charged with state crimes, according to the Detroit Free Press. A federal affidavit alleged that members of the group had planned on throwing molotov cocktails at police officers who may have attempted to thwart the kidnapping plot. The FBI says it investigated the alleged plot through a combination of undercover agents and confidential informants for several months after first becoming aware of the group in early 2020, when the militia organization discussed “the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components” and “agreed to take violent action,” according to an affidavit. Following an announcement of the arrests Thursday, Whitmer, in a livestream address, blamed President Trump for his failure to denounce certain extremist groups during the first presidential debate, which the governor argued served as a “rallying cry” for the militia group that planned to kidnap her.

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siehe auch: ‘They’re domestic terrorists’: Michigan governor objects to calling men charged in kidnapping plot ‘militias‘. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that the men charged with plotting to kidnap her and storm the state Capitol should be referred to as domestic terrorists, not members of any militia. “They’re not ‘militias.’ They’re domestic terrorists endangering and intimidating their fellow Americans. Words matter,” the governor said in a tweet. On Thursday, federal and state prosecutors charged 13 members of an armed group with planning to kidnap the governor and other violent, anti-government acts as part of an effort to ignite a wider civil war. The group’s organizers face felony domestic terrorism charges. Multiple news organizations referred to the extremists as “Michigan militia” members. In the 1990s, several anti-government groups in the state united under the name Michigan Militia, but in recent years, the term has been used for all similar organizations there, Amy Cooter, a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University who has studied such groups, told the Detroit Free Press, which is part of the USA TODAY Network; Gov. Whitmer kidnapping suspects linked to ‘boogaloo’ anti-government movement, NBC News finds. NBC News finds ‘boogaloo’ ties to Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, Barry Croft. Some of the Michigan men charged after a conspiracy to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have links to the national “boogaloo” anti-government movement, NBC News found. State and federal officials issued charges against 13 people Thursday after the FBI uncovered a conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home, hold her hostage and overthrow the Michigan government; Deep dive into the details of a scheme to kidnap Gov. Whitmer, hold her hostage. 13 people charged in scheme. Here is a deep dive into the intricate details of a scheme to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her vacation home, including quotes from undercover audio recordings, code words used while plotting and a secret trap door hidden under the rug of a Grand Rapids business. Five Michigan residents — Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta — and Barry Croft, of Delaware, have been charged with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer. Attorney General Dana Nessel issued charges against seven others.