Disturbing new details in plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer include televised executions

The men who wanted to abduct the Michigan governor had even more disturbing elements to their plan but some are now free men

The men who wanted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a more sinister plan in mind than officials initially thought.  

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There was a plan B that included 200 combatants taking over the Michigan capitol building for a week of televised killings of public officials, per ABC7Chicago. Documents that are now being held at Michigan court say there was also a plan C that included burning down the statehouse with plans of leaving no survivors.

“We are one of the few states that does not ban guns in our state capitol building,” said Michigan’s attorney general Dana Nessel during an interview with ABC 7 Chicago I-Team last week.

“There have been threats made on the lives of our legislators; you probably saw the pictures back from in April, where we had armed gunman, some of them, same defendants in this case, that were hovering over state senators with long guns, screaming and yelling at them as they were deliberating, as they were discussing legislation and as they were voting, so that remains a big concern to me in a very scary scenario,” Nessel said.

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Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer says Trump fueled extremism. (Getty Images)

Fourteen men have now been charged in the plot. Though the charges are serious, several of the men involved have had bond reductions and are now free.

“The decisions to lower the bonds for some of those defendants have been disappointing, and we remain concerned that these men are out in our communities,” said, Ryan Jarvi, a spokesman for the AG’s office on Thursday, per The Detroit Free Press.

In early October theGrio reported that the plot to overthrow the government, centered around Whitmer’s kidnapping, was stopped by the FBI.

The conspiracy included multiple members of an organized group who sought to violently take over the state government, The Detroit News reported. At least six people were arrested in the plan that involved in-person meetings and social media chatter, according to the FBI.

Additional reporting by DeMicia Inman.

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