FBI Reveals Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Also Included Targeting Virginia Governor

The accused conspirators who plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also discussed “taking” out Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam because of coronavirus lockdown orders, an FBI agent revealed Tuesday.

FBI Special Agent Richard Trask revealed that Northam was also being eyed for a possible kidnapping. The information came to light at a bond hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for three of the alleged conspirators.

Trask said the idea of kidnapping Northam and Whitmer was raised at a meeting the men attended in June with other members of anti-government groups.

“They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governor of Michigan and Virginia based on the lockdown orders,” Trask testified.

Alena Yarmosky, Northam’s press secretary, said in a statement Tuesday that “The FBI alerted key members of the Governor’s security team throughout the course of their investigation.”

“At no time was the Governor or his family in imminent danger,” Yarmosky added. “Enhanced security measures have been in place for Governor Northam and his family for quite some time, and they will remain.”  

Both Whitmer and Northam were criticized on Twitter earlier this year by President Trump for their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, which included restrictions on businesses and other non-essential services.

In April Trump tweeted “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” in reference to Whitmer’s strict lockdown orders for the state to deal with COVID-19.


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