Men charged with Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot acquitted, two others get off with mistrial

President Joe Biden’s Justice Department and the FBI took a major hit this week after a jury returned a not guilty verdict in a trial for two of the men involved in a so-called “plot” to “kidnap” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) shortly before the 2020 election.

According to Fox News, making matters worse for the White House, the judge in the trial of two of the “ring leaders” of the militia-based operation declared a mistrial for both defendants.

Jurors in the case of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., the leaders of the militia, reported to the judge that they could not agree on a verdict, while a jury for Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta was read aloud in federal court on Friday, drawing audible sighs of relief from the defendants, who had already spent some two years in prison.

The men reportedly hashed the plot to kidnap Whitmer as retaliation for her overly-strict COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and restrictions.

Many have suggested that it was the FBI’s deep involvement — perhaps to the level of actual federal entrapment — that led to the undesirable outcomes for the federal prosecutors, who probably thought they had a slam-dunk case otherwise.

As a matter of fact, a large part of the defense strategy for the defendants was to convince the court that the men had been “improperly influenced” by the FBI informants that were inside the two militias, with some saying there were as many as 12 FBI assets working the case.

The results of the trial, which had gone on for some 20 days, are yet another stain on the Biden admin’s track record, and raise further questions about just how dirty the FBI, in certain sectors, might actually be.