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Michigan Sheriff Caught Protesting With Suspects Charged in Plot to Kidnap Democratic Governor

A sheriff in Michigan has been busted for attending a rally with two suspects charged with participating in a domestic terror plot to kidnap and assassinate the state’s Democratic Governor, Gretchen Whitmer.

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Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf was hobnobbing with Michael and William Null, who along with four other white nationalists were implicated in the conspiracy after the FBI intervened and stopped the attack this last Thursday.

Leaf and the Null brothers were seen protesting Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders together in May, when right-wing rage toward the governor’s measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 reached a boiling point.

But Leaf has no regrets about palling around with terrorists.

“It is just a charge, and they say a plot to kidnap and you got to remember that,” Leaf said in an interview with WDIV4, a local NBC affiliate. “Are they trying to kidnap? Because a lot of people are angry with the governor, and they want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt?”

According to the FBI, the six men who were apprehended and indicted on terrorism charges after the agency raided at home in Hartland Township on Wednesday were recruiting additional members to join their militia with the intent to take out the governor.

“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit filed Thursday morning. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”

The affadavit explains that the men sought to put Whitmer on “trial” for treason, adding that they believed she “has no checks and balances at all. She has uncontrolled power right now. All good things must come to an end.”



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