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A Training Video In Connection With The Alleged Kidnapping Plan Against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Has Been Leaked

EMBED >More News Videos According to federal and state investigators, the 14 men indicted in a plot to abduct Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had far more violent plans than merely a kidnapping.
According to federal prosecutors, new footage obtained by the ABC7 I-Team tonight shows alleged Michigan militiamen in live-fire training.
Authorities have charged the men in connection with an alleged conspiracy to kidnap and perhaps kill Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.
A man named Barry Croft, who is shown wearing one flag of the Boogaloo Bois, a far-right anti-government movement, was holding Whitmer at gunpoint.
Croft appears in images and video obtained by the I-Team that prosecutors claim show him and others in live assault weapons training, allegedly in preparation for a brutal assault on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s summer house.
According to the most recent court filing in the case, federal investigators hired twelve confidential informants to provide information about Barry Croft and other members of the Wolverine Watchmen, a paramilitary group that reportedly plotted to abduct and assassinate Michigan Governor Rick Snyder last year.Digital messages allegedly involving Croft, which were also released to the I-Team today, relate to a bridge.
All of this information was provided at Croft’s detention hearing in January, but public distribution was delayed due to defense worries that the photographs would taint a potential jury pool. “It’s a genuine issue because it’s true, it can make it more difficult to pick a fair jury, but the fact is it’s rarely enough to justify a shift of venue from wherever the trial would be held,” said one defense attorney.
Tonight, Soffer, ABC7’s legal analyst, adds that while the live fire training films may make it more difficult to defend Croft and the others, the real damage might come from a dozen informants. “You might see a number of that high in a sweeping narcotics conspiracy that goes from coast to coast and beyond,” Soffer says.
“I believe that really illustrates how thoroughly the government has been diving into this investigation to attempt to make these cases,” Soffer told the I-Team. According to attorneys for the defendants, the Wolverine Watchmen were not even considered a violent threat before the FBI conducted such a detailed investigation.
According to the most recent defense brief, the group was not involved in any criminal activity.
Croft’s attorney did not respond to an I-Team request for comment, but did say that they “are looking forward to presenting all of the facts to a jury this fall,” according to our ABC-Detroit affiliate.

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