Federal judge determines cases against 5 in Whitmer plot can move forward

by: WOOD TV8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (BY WOOD TV) — News 8 has learned that federal prosecutors provided enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to kidnap the state’s governor, a federal judge ruled Friday in Grand Rapids.

During a preliminary hearing that spend two days this week, it featured testimony by one of the FBI agents who ran the investigation, relying on confidential informants and undercover agents to thwart the purported scheme to abduct Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The judge in the case, U.S. Magistrate Sally Berens ruled the five men’s cases can go to a grand jury, which will determine whether to issue indictments.

Observers say that is the next legal step for them to stand trial.