Federal prosecutors are considering additional charges, including terrorism-related ones, after discovering bomb-making materials as part of their investigation into a plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.
According to the Detroit Free Press, prosecutors requested a 40-day extension to add to the indictments against six men who allegedly conspired to kidnap Whitmer.
“Firearms and explosive device components were recently recovered, and must be analyzed to determine whether charges under the National Firearms Act, explosives or anti-terrorism statutes are warranted,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler said.
According to investigators, the men planned to blow up a bridge near Whitmer’s home to slow police response during the kidnapping.
Kessler said the extension was needed because the additional evidence was found after the men were arrested by federal law enforcement ahead of their potential attempt to kidnap Whitmer before Election Day.
Kessler said investigators were not finished combing through the evidence they had discovered after the arrests were made.
“The FBI has collected hundreds of hours of audio recordings from confidential human sources and undercover agents, and is still in the process of collating that material.” Kessler said.
“Because of the imminent nature of the threat, law enforcement was obliged to arrest the subjects before this evidence could be processed.”
In total, 14 men in total face charges related to the alleged plot.
The court filing is the latest development in the case. Earlier this week, a lawyer Ty Garbin, one of the accused plotters, told reporters his client and the other men were only “playing army.”
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