Ex-FBI Deputy Director: Trump Is ‘Person Most Responsible’ For Whitmer Plot
Former FBI deputy director Andew McCade said during a CNN appearance that President Trump is “the person most responsible” for fomenting the type of unrest that resulted in an alleged kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
- “As far as the political discourse angle goes, I don’t think you could possibly overstate this,” McCade said. “We know that in 2016, one of the Russians’ primary objectives was to sow exactly this sort of sentiment. Discord, chaos, distrust in each other and in our democratic process.”
- He continued: “We also know, from what the intelligence folks in our country have told us in the last few weeks, that they are continuing that same campaign.”
- “But let’s not be mistaken here,” McCabe said. “The person most responsible for fomenting this sort of unrest, this sort of division, this sort of violence in this country right now is the President of the United States. The Russians simply have to amplify the messages that President Trump is putting out on a daily basis.”
“It is exactly that sort of rhetoric that causes extremists to feel like now is the time to take action. It serves as a sort of trigger for folks who are already violent, maybe unstable, pointed in that direction anyway.
That encouragement from someone like the President of the United States cannot possibly be overstated. It is dangerous, and we now see that happening on the streets of Michigan.”
- On Thursday, federal prosecutors revealed that six men had been arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow the government because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions she imposed earlier this year.