2 more to be held without bond ahead of Whitmer plot trial

Additional suspects charged in kidnapping plot against Gov. Whitmer

Federal Judge Sally Berens countered that prosecutors are anxious about the guns even if they are legally owned because the alleged "purpose of the possession of those firearms was illegal". Investigators say Higgins helped in the plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer from her vacation home.

After the hearing USA district magistrate Judge Sally Berens ordered the cases of five men facing federal charges be presented to a grand jury. Berens on Tuesday denied bail for the three other MI residents charged in the case: Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta.

Higgins, like his seven co-defendants charged in state court, has been charged with providing material support for terrorist acts, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, Nessel said. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor.

A sixth man Brian Croft is also charged in the case and awaiting transfer from DE to MI.

Adam Fox and Ty Garbin will be held without bond.

An FBI agent testified during a federal court hearing this week that Whitmer and Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam had been mentioned during a June 6 meeting of groups of extremists from several states, including at least two of the federal defendants.

Numerous defendants appeared in court this week for preliminary hearings and bail hearings.

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Berens agreed, saying prosecutors didn't have to show the men "signed on a dotted line". Berens found that the information presented showed the men had a unified goal - to kidnap Whitmer - allowing the case to move forward.

Five of the men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will return to federal court Friday as a hearing on whether there is enough evidence to charge them continues.

"The fact that [the plan] was likely to be unsuccessful or hard to accomplish" isn't relevant, she said.

"I can't give you a lot of information right now, but I can say our investigation is on-going", said Nessel. The arrest warrant says Higgins participated in the plan to kidnap Whitmer by November 3, the date of the presidential election, between March 1 and October 12. Bellar had the role of "Sergeant", based on his expertise in firearms and medical training and ability to design tactical exercises, the affidavit states.

In a photo provided by the Kent County Sheriff, Daniel Harris is shown in a booking photo.

"She (Whitmer) wants to be a dictator in MI, and the can't stand her", Trump said.

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