Men Charged With Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Claim FBI Entrapment

Michigan.gov [Public Domain]

The FBI is under public scrutiny after a bombshell report indicated that the alleged kidnapping plot against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer might not have come to fruition without FBI informants and undercover agents guiding the suspect’s actions.

A Buzzfeed report published last week alleged that confidential informants did much more than passively observe and report on activities of the Wolverine Watchmen, the Michigan based group charged with the kidnapping attempt, outlining how informants were entangled in almost every aspect of the attempted crime, to the “extent of their involvement raises questions as to whether there would have even been a conspiracy without them.”  

The FBI’s case was heavily reliant on the participation of an informant identified as “Dan,” an Iraq War veteran who joined the group through social media, then became alarmed by the anti-police rhetoric they were sharing and told a friend in law enforcement.  

The FBI contacted Dan and convinced him to wear a wire for six months to collect evidence against the group, but he was reportedly heavily compensated for his involvement. Dan received a new car, computer, and cash that totaled to $54,793.95 in reimbursements, which is “considerably more than most families in Dan’s part of Michigan bring home in a year.”

Dan was told by the agency that he couldn’t engage in committing crimes, but he could lie to the group as long as he was honest with agents. Unlike government officials, who are prohibited from using tactics that would be considered entrapment, informants have the leeway to coerce suspects into committing crimes, and have historically even threatened to hurt suspects for trying to back out and paid them “large sums of money” to do so. 

Dan was far from a passive player, in his time infiltrating the Watchmen, he rose to become their second in command by training them in military tactics to breach buildings, organizing collaboration with other suspects, transporting members to those meetings, and “baiting the trap that led to the arrest.”

He brought in the group’s most antagonistic conspirator, Adam Fox, whose violent tendencies other members were so uncomfortable with, they backed out of events. Dan reportedly spent hours on the phone and meeting up with Fox, who he encouraged to “write a manifesto” about his belief system. 

Through his influence, Dan was able to hook the group up with another informant from Wisconsin, who had been recruiting like-minded individuals on a national scale. Dan drove five Watchman and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the Wisconsin informant’s national training exercise, and subsidized the food, gas, and lodging for the group on the FBI’s dime. 

When one of the new national members proposed kidnapping Whitmer, several Watchmen left the group, but the FBI pressed Dan to escalate the plan. The agent in charge of the investigation told Dan to get members of the group to surveil Whitmer’s home, he took them, and they discussed the logistics of blowing up the bridge on the route to her house.  

Dan managed to insert two undercover FBI agents into the Watchmen’s ranks, and the day after the surveillance took place, one of the undercovers convinced the group he could blow up the bridge with C-4 if they could raise $4,000.

In early October, Dan lured some members of the group to a meeting with the undercover agent under the guise that he had training gear to supply them with, and tried to get them to pony up “good-faith” money for the kits.  

Dan drove them to the location with a total of $298 in “good faith” cash, which the FBI claims was for the C-4, where they were met by the FBI and arrested for the kidnapping plot. Arrests of the other Watchmen were carried out simultaneously throughout the country.

Two of the men pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department, but many of the group member’s defense lawyers are claiming the FBI entrapped their clients, citing that Dan was a paid informant who played an “extremely active and coercive role” in the plot. 

The attorney’s pointed out that as a combat veteran, he taught the Watchmen the military tactics that made the group attractive to Fox, who masterminded the kidnapping plan, despite members’ objections to his involvement. They also noted that Dan ensured they had an opportunity to conspire by playing their “personal chauffeur” to meetings, “He even provided snacks.”

One of the men’s lawyers filed an entrapment motion in May, which is still pending. In the court filing he wrote, “The Confidential Informant took the Wolverine Watchmen from YouTube copycats to a combat group with military-style training.”



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glenn edward davis
glenn edward davis
4 months ago

Gestapo tactics. How undemocratic in a Republic.

Oldclimber
Oldclimber
4 months ago

Not really “Gestapo tactics”. The Gestapo would have just gone in and machine gunned them down.

Bucky
4 months ago

If you trust the fbi? You’re a fool…

Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  Bucky

Oh yeah, those people will crucify you with ‘fake’ charges……

vladimir
vladimir
4 months ago
Reply to  Bucky

globalist puppet, fbi CRIMINAL organisation .

Oldclimber
Oldclimber
4 months ago

Didn’t you read your own article ? It wasn’t a “plot” against Wittless. It was a plot against the people who are now in jail.

Sammy
Sammy
4 months ago

Did they cross the fine line?
Sounds like it to me, but nowadays it depends what political party your target is aligned with!!!

alicia regina cervera
alicia regina cervera
4 months ago

Whitmar is a LIAR and must be impeached booted out, removed and stripped of her repugnant post .!

Donna
Donna
4 months ago

Dah

Dee S
4 months ago

No matter how much I disliked her policies, most people would never agree to a kidnapping. This country is going down fast.

vladimir
vladimir
4 months ago
Reply to  Dee S

Only globalists kidnap their globalist puppets if they don’t preach globalist agendas .

NancyJ
NancyJ
4 months ago

Is this article written to make us sorry for her?? As far as I am concerned it didn’t work!

vladimir
vladimir
4 months ago
Reply to  NancyJ

Feel sorry for the state that globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ voter fraud appointed globalist puppet whitmer .

Dale Brown
4 months ago

When he started receiving money and gifts is the point of now being entrapment. Was for his own personal interests to continue coercing this group! Second in charge?? I remember some actions quite well. Money and power can and will be its own destructive force. Father help quickly! In Jesus name

bonavajo
bonavajo
4 months ago

THIS SOUNDS A LOT LIKE THE RUSSIAN DOSSIER DEBACLE AND JAMES COMEY. HAS ANYONE BEEN KEEPING TABS ON HIM AND WHAT HE HAS BEEN UP TO LATELY??

vladimir
vladimir
4 months ago
Reply to  bonavajo

globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ and globalist puppet barry soetoro and his husband big MIKE appointed all the correct criminals to the correct positions to protect their own criminals and F you libby snow flake sheep moderators with hurt feelings .

vladimir
vladimir
4 months ago

What less to expect from globalist puppet, fbi CRIMINAL organisation and globalist puppet, libby snow flake sheep moderators, the male moderators with hurt feelings run home crying to their husband .

Damadem
Damadem
4 months ago

That whole kidnapping BS is JUST THAT — BULLSHIT — that was orchestrated by the FBI !!!!

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