US authorities said six men suspected of involvement in a plot to kidnap the Michigan governor have been summoned to court on terrorism and gun possession charges.
A seventh is expected to be extradited from South Carolina, and the seven were detained late Wednesday evening as part of a joint investigation between state agencies and federal authorities. Prosecutors described these people as members of an anti-government militia called Wolverine and Witchman.
The suspects are accused of plotting to kidnap Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who clashed severely with Republican US President Donald Trump over her public health orders related to COVID-19.
Prosecutors said the men also sought to intimidate law enforcement officials and make threats of violence to incite civil unrest and trained for an operation to storm a Michigan congressional building and take government officials hostage.
“It was clear that this was not just talked. There were a lot of overt measures. So we saw that it was time to act before anyone lost,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in an interview with CBS News on Friday. His life. ” Nessel said the Michigan governor has been informed of the investigation and briefed on developments over the past two months. “At times, she and her family were transferred as a result of activities that the law enforcement authorities were aware of,” Nessel added.
The seven men named in criminal complaints filed by Nessel’s office face charges of providing material support for terrorist acts and possession of a firearm for the commission of a felony, both of which carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Two of them, Pete Musico, 46, and Joseph Morrison, 26, are also charged with belonging to a criminal gang and committing a terrorist threat.