Charges added in 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan governor

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have added charges against three of six people accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr. and Daniel Harris are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. It’s related to a discussion to blow up a bridge near Whitmer’s second home in northern Michigan to hinder police.

The role of the bridge in the alleged plot was disclosed by authorities months ago. The FBI said it broke up a plot to kidnap Whitmer by anti-government extremists upset over coronavirus restrictions she had imposed in Michigan.

A separate group has been charged in state court with aiding them.

According to court documents, a group of 15 people, including Fox and Croft gathered in Dublin, Ohio on June 6, 2020. The group talked about creating a society that followed the U.S. Bill of Rights and where they could be self-sufficient.

Over six week period, a plan was assembled to attack Governor Whitmer’s vacation home in western Michigan, according to federal prosecutors. The goal was to take Whitmer to Wisconsin and try her for treason.

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