In wake of plot, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 'not worried' about Election Day violence, says Michigan is prepared
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is the victim of a suspected abduction scheme that involved threats of assault, assured the Sunday, November 3, that she is not concerned with abuse.
Whitmer has mentioned on the Face of the Country CBS News that she claims that citizens in communities close to those engaging in an alleged act of domestic terrorism "still have significant risks."
When asked about unrest on election day by host Margaret Brennan, Whitmer replied, "I'm not worried but we're planning to ensure we do whatever we can to keep everyone secure." "We're really worried.
"We won't allow anyone ... messing with the right of someone to vote freely."
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The Federal Government charged six men with conspiracy to abduct a supposed kidnapping attempt on Thursday, according to the authorities, before the election day.
Also on Thursday, Michigan General Prosecutor Dana Nessel indicted seven other men, including extremist funding, gang involvement and weapons in commission of a felony.
The range of alleged plots involved the capture and "trial," an armed assault on the Lansing Capitol and assaults by law enforcement, of Whitmer from her familiy's summer cottage.
Officials claimed some of the accused had bought a high tension Taser and night arms, carried out surveillance in Whitmer and arranged to buy explosives.
Whitmer echoed previous remarks, that she thinks organizations like the Michigan Watchmen, whose members in their situation are suspected, are reassured and inspired by declarations by President Donald Trump and some Republican politicians in the legislature of Michigan who spoke against their emergency directives to curtail the spread of COVID-19 at rallies.
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In capital letters, Trump, who posted "Liberate Michigan," "was increasingly divisive and completely harmful," after an anti-Whitmer demonstrative at the Capitol in April.
On Saturday the Speaker of the State House Lee Chatfield blamed the governor for not tipping off the alleged attack, which officials told her about a few weeks earlier in a series of tweets and a 'open letter' to Whitmers issued by his office.
In Chatfeld, various outlets, including former United States, encountered immediate blowback.
Procurator Barbara McQuade said the FBI and other law enforcement authorities have the responsibility of deciding who can be aware about any ongoing operation including the tracking about suspected conspirators as well as the usage of classified FBI informants.
Chatfield questioned in a letter to Whitmer, "Why did we not warn of the plan to take hostages on the capital?
You knew, and still we weren't alerted. We had people employed on the site, performing vital jobs every day, and their living is valuable too." "It was against us too, so why were sergents alerted about the plot by these terrorists?
When asking when the nation would know how Michigan voted on November 3, Whitmer said Michigan will hope "only after polls are finished" to be able to report election results, though she would not be more precise.
This seemed to refute Michigan State Secretary Jocelyn Benson 's remarks that it might be an election week on Friday before the results were known.
Whitmer said that she is cooperating closely with Benson and Nessel to ensure a safe and smooth process.
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