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Witnesses say duo was eager to kidnap Michigan governor

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Adam Fox and Barry Croft

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)— Two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 were very eager to move forward and fully onboard with the plan, two key witnesses testified Wednesday.

The witnesses, Ty Garbin and Kaleb Franks, are vital for the government’s case because they, too, were arrested but pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate.

Garbin and Franks downplayed the influence of two FBI informants who trained with the group. They didn’t know their real roles at the time but said they couldn’t recall the operatives proposing that Whitmer should be kidnapped.

Adam Fox and Barry Croft, Jr. are on trial for a second time on conspiracy charges. A jury in April couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict but acquitted two other men.

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