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Feds: ‘Militia’ group charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot also proposed attacking DeWine

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Men belonging to a “militia” group charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also proposed an attack on Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Prosecutors said in a 22-page filing that the accused plotters met near Columbus in June 2020 and discussed attacks against Whitmer, a Democrat, and DeWine, a Republican. A potential attack against Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was also considered.

According to the filing, the plot against Whitmer involved abducting her and leaving her on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan as “payback” for the state’s COVID-19 safety measures.

The alleged conspirators engaged in “field training exercises” in rural Michigan including firearms training and combat drills, and unsuccessfully attempted to construct two improvised explosive devices.

In July 2020, the men again met, secretly recorded by an informant, in Ohio. They discussed attacking a Michigan State Police facility and floated the idea of shooting up Whitmer’s vacation home. They eventually settled on kidnapping.

“Snatch and grab, man,” one of the conspirators allegedly said. “Grab the fuckin’ governor. Just grab the bitch. Because at that point, we do that, dude — it’s over.”

Monday’s filing is the first indication those charged were also plotting against the Ohio governor.

Fourteen men have been charged in the plot.


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