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Special agent testifies kidnapping plot not just "talk"

Kent County Jail

Three of the suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appeared in court Wednesday in Grand Rapids. Paul Bellar, Joseph Morrison and Pete Musico, are all part of the militia group Wolverine Watchmen, and all stand accused of domestic terrorism—plotting last year to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at her vacation home, blow up a bridge to distract law enforcement, and then put the Democratic Governor on trial in a kangaroo court for treason, with the goal of ultimately executing her.

And as wild as the idea sounds, prosecutors argue the group was ready and prepared to go through with the plan until federal authorities got wind of it and intervened.

The defense argues that this was all just “big talk” by a group of “military wannabees” who never had any real intention of carrying out the alleged plot.

However Assistant Attorney General Sunita Doddamani Wednesday tried to poke holes in that argument, as special agent Henrick Impola took the stand.

Wednesday’s courtroom appearance however is just a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to take the case to trial. The hearing is expected to last a couple of days