Men Behind Whitmer’s Kidnapping Attempt Also Sought To Kidnap Virginia Governor

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D).Screengrab / PBS NewsHour / YouTube


The militia members charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan's governor also discussed taking Virginia's Democratic governor

The individuals charged in a kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) also discussed “taking” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), according to an FBI agent’s testimony.

  • The Washington Post reported that FBI Special Agent Richard Trask said during a Tuesday court hearing that the individuals “discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governors of Michigan and Virginia, based upon the lockdown orders.”
  • The right-wing terrorist group, composed of self-styled militia members from several states, discussed kidnapping the two governors during a June meeting in Dublin, Ohio.
  • None of the individuals have been charged with plotting to kidnap Northam, but The Post noted that Northam was also the target of criticism over the summer.
  • President Trump tweeted demands that their states be “liberated,” typing the words in all caps.

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