LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A new trial for two men accused of kidnapping Michigan Democrat Governor Whitmer is underway this week in spite of past alleged entrapment conduct by the FBI.
Jury selection began Tuesday in Grand Rapids in the new trial of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. for their alleged plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer in early 2020 when she put the state on lockdown during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their first trial resulted in a mistrial and two others were acquitted after the jury was presented with information of FBI entrapment in the case. Two more had pleaded guilty before that.
The defense had argued that Fox and Croft Jr. were manipulated by the FBI undercover agents and that they were prone to big talk and were often stoned. They are charged with conspiracy to kidnap and weapons charges.
Prosecutors had revealed that there were a dozen confidential informants who were working on the case and BuzzFeed reported that these informants played a large role in the plot, organizing cross-country meetings that laid the groundwork for the kidnapping plan.
The report also states that the informants enticed the men to meet by offering free food, hotel rooms and travel money. One of them became second in command of the group and another told the group where the explosives should be located.
Steven D’Antuono, the special agent who orchestrated the Whitmer undercover operation was promoted and is now running the Washington DC office which oversees the January 6th investigation.
The FBI, to some, is appearing more and more partisan as a series of political moves including targeting Republican politicians have been reported.
In June, the FBI arrested Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley on misdemeanor charges relating to the January 6th riot.
On Monday, the FBI raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in search of alleged classified documents being kept on the premises. Many, including, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel have called the raid an “overreach” of power and “unprecedented.”
The National Review said, “The idea that a law enforcement organization under a sitting president would raid the home of his predecessor, opponent in the previous election and potential opponent in the next election, has no close parallel in American history.”
The White House has denied having any prior information about the raid according to a “source familiar” as reported by the New York Times.
At a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, numerous questions about FBI conduct remained unanswered by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
At the hearing, Wray refused to call the illegal aliens at the southern border a “national security” threat and refused to answer why the FBI called American symbols like the Betsy Ross flag an example of “militia violent extremism” in their training documents.
When questioned by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) about Hunter Biden’s laptop, Wray would not agree that it was not “Russian disinformation.”
He also didn’t answer Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) question about why the FBI was “snooping around concealed carry permit records” of the people of Missouri.
And when questioned about why the FBI didn’t enforce the laws broken by the abortion activists showing up outside of the homes of the Supreme Court justices, Way said, “our agents are up to their necks enforcing all sorts of laws.”