Barr Said He Was Unaware Of Threats Against MI Gov. As FBI Probed Kidnap Plot
Attorney General William Barr said in July that he was unaware of any threats against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), even as the FBI was investigating a plot to kidnap her.
The FBI broke up what agents described as a violent plot to kidnap Whitmer and put her on “trial” for treason ahead of the Nov. 3 election, which the bureau had been investigating since spring, reported The Detroit News.
“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”
- An FBI agent wrote: “At one point, several members talked about state governments they believed were violating the U.S. Constitution, including the government of Michigan and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.”
- RawStory noted that “The plot came as right-wing demonstrators carried signs threatening violence against the Democratic governor, whose coronavirus measures had roiled Republican lawmakers, militia groups and President Donald Trump — who tweeted ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN’ in April as armed protesters gathered at the Michigan capitol.”
- But during congressional testimony at the end of July, Barr told the House Judiciary Committee that he did not know of threats against Whitmer.
- Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) “pointed out that Trump and Barr had taken an ‘aggressive approach’ against Black Lives Matter protesters but hadn’t cracked down on armed protests by ‘right-wing extremists threatening to lynch a governor,’” RawStory noted.
“Are you aware that these protesters called for the governor to be lynched, shot and beheaded?” Jayapal asked Barr at the July 28 hearing.
Barr insisted he had not, although the Michigan demonstrations made national news and are blamed for some states reopening businesses before the recommendations of public health officials.
“There are a lot of protests around the U.S.,” Barr said.