Feds find BOMBS home in connection with suspected Whitmer kidnappers as prosecutors ask for more time
Bombs and parts used to make explosives have been found by federal agents gathering evidence for an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
So much evidence has been uncovered that prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to give them an extra 40 days until mid-December to press charges against six men in the alleged plan.
The recently recovered parts and firearms now need to be analyzed to determine whether additional charges will be prosecuted, assistant US attorney Nils Kessler said in a lawsuit.
“Firearms and explosives parts have recently been recovered and need to be analyzed to determine whether charges under the National Firearms Act, explosives or anti-terrorism statutes are warranted,” said assistant US attorney Nils Kessler.
Federal agents found “ components of explosives ” while investigating six men accused of kidnapping Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (above)
Windows are boarded up in a house in Munith, Michigan, where law enforcement officials said suspects were charged with a plot to kidnap Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.
The trailer of the training camp next to the firing range and the alleged bomb test area, where alleged conspirators met and made plans to kidnap GOV Gretchen Whitmer
The shooting range of the training camp where the alleged conspirators would conduct target practice and detonate bombs in a hidden camp deep in the woods near the town of Luther, Michigan
“The FBI has collected and is in the process of collecting hundreds of hours of audio recordings from confidential human sources and secret agents,” Kessler said.
Kessler said in the filing that there was also a tremendous amount of evidence to analyze and explained that the FBI had to arrest the men before they finished processing them for evidence that they intended to kill Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat. to kidnap prior to November. 3 election.
“Due to the immediate nature of the threat, the police were required to arrest the subjects before this evidence could be processed.”
Authorities allege that members of two anti-government paramilitary groups plotted the kidnapping.
Preliminary hearings and hearings suggested the men had spoken of blowing up a bridge near Whitmer’s cottage in northern Michigan to slow down police response to the kidnapping.
The court was also told that the alleged conspirators wanted to purchase $ 4,000 worth of explosives to detonate the bridge from an undercover FBI agent posing as a sympathizer.
Six men are being charged in federal court. Eight others, believed to be members or associates of a group called the Wolverine Watchmen, are accused by the state court of providing material support for acts of terrorism.
The eight are facing a series of charges from the state related to alleged conspiracies against the governor and government officials and facilities.
The accused leader, Adam Fox of Wyoming, Michigan, and four other men are being held in Michigan pending trial. A sixth man, also in custody, is extradited from Delaware to Michigan to be charged.
Defense lawyers have said the alleged plot was just talk and not action.
A Confederate flag hangs from a porch on a lot in Munith, Michigan earlier this month where law enforcement officials said suspects were charged with a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to train and plan.
Members of the media are standing outside a house after it was searched by FBI agents earlier this month
The six in federal court were arrested and charged on October 7 on a criminal complaint.
A judge then said there was enough evidence for prosecutors to file charges by the first week of November.
“The facts on which the grand jury must base its determination are unusual because of their sheer volume in this case,” said Kessler, seeking reprieve.
“The evidence includes hundreds of hours of secret audio recordings yet to be cataloged and transcribed, and at the time of this motion, more than 13,000 pages of encrypted text messages.”
Kessler said defense attorneys had no objection to an extension.