Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnap suspects also considered 'taking out' Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, according to FBI
*The men accused of kidnapping Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also considered "taking out" Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, according to FBI testimony on Tuesday.
*根据美国联邦调查局(FBI)周二的证词，被控绑架密歇根州州长格雷琴·惠特默(Gretchen Whitmer)的人也曾考虑“干掉”弗吉尼亚州州长拉尔夫·诺瑟姆(Ralph Northam)。
*"They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governors of Michigan and Virginia, based upon the lockdown orders," FBI Special Agent Richard Trask said.
*The hearings on Tuesday are to determine whether some suspects could be released on bond.
Suspects accused of a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week also considered "taking out" Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, according to FBI testimony on Tuesday.
根据联邦调查局周二的证词，被控上周密歇根州州长格雷琴·惠特默(Gretchen Whitmer)被控策划国内恐怖主义绑架的嫌疑人也曾考虑“干掉”弗吉尼亚州州长拉尔夫·诺瑟姆(Ralph Northam)。
"They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governors of Michigan and Virginia, based upon the lockdown orders," FBI Special Agent Richard Trask said in court hearings in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to determine whether five of the 13 men arrested for the scheme could be released on bond.
FBI特工理查德·特拉斯克(Richard Trask)在密歇根州大急流城(Grand Rapids)举行的法庭听证会上表示：“根据封锁令，他们讨论了可能的目标，带走了一名在任州长，特别是与密歇根州和弗吉尼亚州州长的问题。”他在密歇根州大急流城(Grand Rapids)举行的法庭听证会上表示，以确定因该计划被捕的13名男子中的5人是否可以保释。
Six defendants have been federally charged for conspiracy to kidnap. The other seven, revealed to have connections with an armed militia group known as "Wolverine Watchmewere," have been charged at the state level.
Trask said that the plotting discussions among some of the men took place during a meeting in June in Dublin, Ohio, following weeks of coronavirus-triggered stay-at-home orders in several states. Both Whitmer and Northam are among the Democratic leaders who faced heavy criticism from Republicans for their statewide shutdowns.
The FBI alerted Northam's security staffers of its investigation, though per protocol, did not inform the governor, according to a statement from his office on Tuesday. The statement notes that the governor was never in immediate danger and that extra security measures have been put in place for him and his family.
In the same statement, Northam took aim at President Donald Trump's charged language over the summer against lockdown measures, claiming it was used as fuel for the kidnapping plot.
"Here's the reality: President Trump called upon his supporters to 'LIBERATE VIRGINIA' in April — just like Michigan," the statement read. "In fact, the President regularly encourages violence against those that disagree with him. The rhetoric coming out of this White House has serious and potentially deadly consequences. It must stop."
The five suspects being considered for release on bond, Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, appeared in handcuffs to the courtroom. They are all residents of Michigan.
考虑保释的五名嫌疑人亚当·福克斯(Adam Fox)、泰·加宾(Ty Garbin)、卡莱布·弗兰克斯(Kaleb Franks)、丹尼尔·哈里斯(Daniel Harris)和布兰登·卡塞塔(Brandon Caserta)戴着手铐出现在法庭上。他们都是密歇根州的居民。