In a highly publicized case that has sparked controversy and political debate, three men have been found not guilty of charges related to an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The verdict comes as a surprise to many, as the case has been widely covered by the national media and has been used by Democrats to falsely portray Republican voters and gun owners as domestic terrorists. Nevertheless, the Antrim County, Michigan jury acquitted Eric Molitor and brothers Michael and William Null of charges of providing material support for a terrorist act and possessing a firearm when committing or attempting a felony.
The men were accused of surveilling Governor Whitmer at her Antrim County vacation home as part of a larger alleged plot to kidnap her. The alleged plot made headlines in 2020, less than a month before the 2020 Presidential Election, and was immediately seized upon by Democrats and the corporate media to portray GOP voters as a threat to national security.
During the trial, shocking details emerged regarding the involvement of the FBI in the alleged plot. It was revealed through sworn testimony that the FBI had actually aided and trained the accused individuals. As reported by National File, FBI informant Dan Chappel had driven members of the “Wolverine Watchmen” militia group, along with 6,000 rounds of ammunition, to Cambria, Wisconsin for a training exercise organized by another FBI informant named Stephen Robeson. Furthermore, Chappel had used FBI funds to rent a suburban vehicle and cover expenses for gas, food, and lodging.
While it had been suspected from the outset that the FBI had played a role in the alleged plot, it was not until the trial that the full extent of their involvement became public. During the proceedings, an FBI agent perjured himself in an attempt to downplay the Bureau’s role in training the alleged plotters. However, under cross-examination, the agent was forced to admit that the training had been organized by his own confidential informant.
It is worth noting that FBI informants are not held to the same standard of the law as ordinary citizens. Their actions, even if illegal, are classified as “Otherwise Illegal Activities (OWA)” and are considered permissible in the context of their work on behalf of federal law enforcement. This raises questions about the ethics and propriety of the FBI’s actions in this case.
In total, nine out of the fourteen men charged in connection to the alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot have been convicted or have pled guilty, while five, including Molitor and the Null brothers, have been acquitted. It is noteworthy that the Department of Justice, which has handled some of the prosecutions, has had a higher conviction rate than the state courts.
This recent verdict in state court follows two other acquittals in 2022, when Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were found not guilty of conspiracy to kidnap after spending over a year behind bars awaiting trial. These outcomes raise concerns about the strength of the prosecution’s case and the potential overreach in charging individuals with serious crimes.
The implications of this case extend beyond the specific individuals involved. The manner in which it has been sensationalized and politicized raises questions about the integrity of the criminal justice system and the role of the media in shaping public perception. It is crucial to critically examine the facts and evidence in such cases and avoid hasty narratives that unfairly label political opponents or certain demographics.
Ultimately, the not guilty verdicts in this case should serve as a reminder that everyone is entitled to a fair trial and that the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. It highlights the importance of preserving the principles of justice and due process, even in cases that capture national attention.