The four were among 14 alleged right-wing militants arrested in October 2020 following a sting operation — e.g. entrapment — by the Deep State, anti-Trump FBI. They were accused of targeting Whitmer in the wake of her draconian pandemic restrictions.
Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were found not guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping after a nearly one-month trial. A mistrial was declared in the cases of two other men — Adam Fox and Barry Croft —when the jury was still deadlocked after five days of deliberations. Two defendants had already pleaded guilty and eight others remain to be tried in state court.
According to the indictment, the defendants considered the governor a “tyrant” and planned to kidnap her and put her on “trial.” They allegedly conducted surveillance outside Whitmer’s vacation home and took pictures of a nearby bridge they planned to blow up as a diversion while they seized the governor.
Their defense lawyers accused federal agents of entrapment by infiltrating their group with informants and hatching the kidnapping plot. Christopher Gibbons, a lawyer for Fox, said “there was a lot of talk but there was no conspiracy to kidnap the governor of Michigan.”
The only conspiracy here was the FBI’s botched attempt to create the narrative that Trump supporters are domestic terrorists.