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Informant defends role during Whitmer kidnapping plot trial

Kent County Sheriff's Office
Associated Press
This combo of images provided by the Kent County, Mich., Jail. shows Barry Croft Jr., left, and Adam Fox. Jury selection started Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in the second trial of the two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 over their disgust with restrictions early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Prosecutors are putting Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. on trial again after a jury in April couldn't reach a verdict. Two co-defendants were acquitted and two more pleaded guilty earlier

Defense attorneys have grilled an FBI informant in the trial of two men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s governor.

They questioned Dan Chappel's motivation to get inside a band of anti-government extremists and the key steps he took to gather evidence.

Chappel was cross-examined for hours as lawyers pressed their theme that any 2020 scheme against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was driven by agents and operatives.

Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. are on trial for the second time on conspiracy charges.

A federal jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict in April but acquitted two other men. Croft is from Bear, Delaware, and Fox is from western Michigan.

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