Last week, the FBI prevented a plot to violently overthrow the government and kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. On Tuesday, an FBI agent testified saying that the same group also plotted to kidnap Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
During a preliminary hearing, FBI agent Richard Trask’s testimony touched on the group’s discussions of getting rid of certain governors because of their “coronavirus-related lockdown orders.”
“They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically governors of Michigan and Virginia, over shut down orders,” Trask explained. “The understanding at the time was to potentially kidnap a sitting governor and remove them from office.”
Trask testified just days after 13 people were charged for an alleged domestic terror plot to kidnap the two governors. The alleged plot consisted of plans to overthrow multiple state governments that the group “believe are violating the US Constitution,” according to reports.
A person who attended a June 6 meeting between the group discussing the plot recorded the ongoings of the gathering. The FBI obtained the information after the person came forward to authorities. Supposedly the person spoke up “based on concerns (over) some of the directions that the group was headed and potential violence.”
Six people received federal charges including conspiracy to kidnap. Additionally, another seven people connected with the paramilitary group “Wolverine Watchmen” received criminal charges from the state.
Both of the governors allegedly in danger of being kidnapped are Democrats. Whitmer and Northam each issued executive orders that closed public places like gyms, bars and restaurants due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor and Staff Kept in the Dark While Kidnapping Plot Investigated
The FBI alerted members of Gov. Northam’s security team to warn them of the plot as they investigated the group. However, Gov. Northam and his staff did not receive warning of the plot due to security protocols.
“Per security protocols for highly-classified information, neither the Governor nor other members of his staff were informed. At no time was the Governor or his family in imminent danger,” said press secretary Alena Yarmosky. “Enhanced security measures have been in place for Governor Northam and his family for quite some time, and they will remain.”
In addition, the Virginia governor’s press secretary made a further connection to the incident that involved the president. Yarmosky said that President Donald Trump encouraged violence in his April 17 tweets to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA.”
“Here’s the reality: President Trump called upon his supporters to ‘LIBERATE VIRGINIA’ in April — just like Michigan. In fact, the President regularly encourages violence against those who disagree with him. The rhetoric coming out of this White House has serious and potentially deadly consequences. It must stop,” said Yarmosky.