A MILITIA group who planned to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer were also planning for a civil war, the FBI have said.
Six men were arrested and charged with federal crimes after they planned to meet to “make a payment on explosives and exchange tactical gear,” the FBI said in a court filing on Thursday.
Seven others were picked up on state charges, officials said on Thursday.
In total, 13 men were charged in connection with the plan to kidnap the governor.
The men were arrest on Wednesday night with the help of undercover agents and informants, according to KTLA5.
Governor Whitmer on Thursday said of the apparent plan to kill her: "When I put my hand on the Bible and took the oath of office 22 months ago, I knew this job would be hard.
"But I'll be honest, I never could have imagined anything like this."
The Wolverine Watchmen have been preparing for the "boogaloo", a term used in the militia movement for an uprising against the government or impending civil war, say prosecutors.
Whitmer has become the focus of anger for her strict enforcement of Michigan’s stay at home and lockdown measures.
Thirteen men – including seven associated with the militia – have now been arrested on charges of conspiring to kidnap the Michigan governor.
Social media accounts belonging to several them incite a “civil war” were a hive of pro-Trump, pro-gun and anti-government conspiracy theories.
According to the FBI the men planned to then move Whitmer to a secure location in Wisconsin and put her on trial.
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