Report: Group That Targeted Michigan’s Governor Intended To Murder Police
The alleged militia plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and overthrow the government also involved killing police officers, NBC News investigative reporter Tom Winter said Thursday.
- According to Winter, the FBI began monitoring social media conversations about the plan in early 2020 and was able to thwart the attack using undercover agents and informants.
- “One of those informants came from a militia group in Michigan and as a result of that they were able to speak with this person who came forward because they were concerned that the militia was seeking the addresses of police officers and wanted to kill police officers,” Winter said.
- He continued: “One of the militia groups that was kind of associated or tried to be brought in to be recruited by the people that were charged today in this plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was allegedly involved in one of those Second Amendment rallies that we saw at the capital in Michigan.”
- RawStory noted that news of the alleged plot runs counter to the narrative that Republicans have put forward:
For the past several months, Republicans have alleged that Black Lives Matter protesters were responsible for violent attacks against police officers and have tried to claim that supporters of the movement are domestic terrorists. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that “opportunists,” militia members and anarchists were the majority of the instigators of violence at such rallies.
Watch Winter’s report: