A federal jury in Michigan on Friday found two men not guilty on charges of plotting to kidnap Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and a mistrial was declared for the two other defendants.
The jury’s verdicts against Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were read in the federal court in Grand Rapids.
Jurors said they couldn’t agree on verdicts again the two other defendants, Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr.
Fox, Croft and Harris faced additional charges. The two most serious charges, kidnapping conspiracy and conspiracy to use explosives, both carry potential life sentences.
Jurors said earlier Friday afternoon they had reached decisions on “several” of the 10 charges against the defendants but were deadlocked on other charges.
Prosecutors contended they attempted to kidnap Whitmer because they were angry about her overreaching COVID-19 health-safety mandates.
The jurors’ decision came on the fifth day of their deliberations, according to the Associated Press.
Defendants Caserta, Fox, Croft and Harris each faced one main charge of kidnapping conspiracy.
The nine other charges — related to explosives and a firearm — were divided among Fox with two, Croft with three and Harris with four.
During the trial, prosecutors provided testimony from undercover agents, an informant and two men who pleaded guilty to the alleged plot, the Associated Press also reports.
Jurors also were presented with secretly recorded conversations and social media posts that also served as evidence of the alleged plot.
Defense lawyers said such a conspiracy was in fact a creation of government agents who were embedded in the group and manipulated their clients, according to the wire service.
BuzzFeed, of all places has just confirmed that the F.B.I. had a quote, “hand” in nearly every aspect of the alleged plot, starting with its inception. In other words, the F.B.I. helped plan it. One F.B.I. informant organized meetings to kidnap the Governor, another informant quote, “prodded” the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping plot to advance his plan.
And texts from an F.B.I. agent directed an informant to draw people into the conspiracy. In the end, it looks like there were more F.B.I. snitches, informants, people working with the F.B.I. involved in the plot than weren’t. It was an F.B.I. plot.
Buzzfeed reported the FBI was involved when the plot began and even used informants to encourage the group to carry out its plans.
The Governor Whitmer kidnapping case, which we now know was comprised of virtually all FBI agents and informants took another devastating hit in August. Michael Hills, an attorney for Brandon Caserta, one of the six defendants, produced text messages showing an FBI field agent telling an informant to lie, frame an innocent man and delete text messages.
This is why federal prosecutors are refusing to hand over text messages and laptops from FBI informants in the Whitmer kidnapping case. The FBI actually hatched the plot. paid for the plot, ran the plot, and set up the innocent men in their immoral scheme.
The FBI agent at the center of the Whitmer plot, Richard Trask, was charged with assault and eventually fired after a domestic abuse incident with his wife. Trask is a rabid leftie who posted profane anti-Trump rants on his personal Facebook account, and blasted Americans who voted for him.
The FBI needs to be dismantled from the top down. The criminal malfeasants in the agency should be indicted and prosecuted. We know that won’t happen because agencies weaponized by Dem regimes trample all over the Constitution while Congress does nothing.