The right-wing extremist conspiracy against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is often described as a “kidnapping plot,” but new details from court filings show there also were elaborate plans to execute her and other officials.
Federal and state authorities have worked together on the case and 14 men were charged last month. Members of the so-called militia group the Wolverine Watchmen plotted against Whitmer because of her emergency actions aimed at stopping COVID-19 from spreading, which they claimed made her a “tyrant.” Several members of the alleged plot gathered at the Capitol and other anti-Whitmer events.
New court filings, as reported by ABC-7 in Chicago, show that the “Plan B” was 200 combatants taking over the Michigan Capitol. They would then hold a weeklong series of televised executions of Whitmer and other public officials.
The show trial scenario isn’t the only one that was discussed. The “Plan C” was burning down the building and leaving no survivors.
Attorney General Dana Nessel, whose office has been working with federal officials on the cases, told the Advance last month that she’s been concerned about threats to the Capitol and public officials for a long time.
“The thing is that I really feel as though it is really just a matter of time. Even these groups, these sort of larger, more organized efforts for these domestic terrorist groups, even if they do not settle on a plan to overtake the Capitol, all it takes is two or three of these guys with multiple [firearm] magazines,” she said. “And they can bring in whatever they want. I mean, you could take out an entire chamber of legislators in a minute. You really could. So it’s something that could happen at any time, and I don’t think it’s going to, now that the governor has buffed up her security [and] many other folks in government are being a lot more cautious than they’ve been in the past.”