Three men were found not guilty of charges related to an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a case that has drawn national media coverage and has been used by Democrats to falsely paint Republican voters and gun owners as domestic terrorists. The not guilty verdict comes in the same trial where an FBI agent admitted on the stand that the FBI aided and helped train the alleged Whitmer kidnapping plotters.
An Antrim County, Michigan jury acquitted Eric Molitor and brothers Michael and William Null of one count each of providing material support for a terrorist act and one count each of possessing a firearm when committing or attempting a felony. The men were accused of surveilling Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at her Antrim County vacation home, as part of a wider alleged plot to kidnap the Democrat.
The alleged plot hit the news in 2020, less than a month ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election, and was widely used by Democrats and the corporate media to paint GOP voters as domestic terrorists.
During the trial of Molitor, Null, and Null, it was revealed through sworn testimony that the FBI, which is supposedly responsible for busting up the alleged kidnapping plotters, provided them with aid and even training.
As National File reported at the time:
FBI informant Dan Chappel drove members of the “Wolverine Watchmen” militia group, along with 6,000 rounds of ammunition, to Cambria, Wisconsin for a training exercise. That exercise was organized by yet another FBI informant named Stephen Robeson.
What’s more, is that to drive the men to Wisconsin, Chappel rented a suburban and paid for gas, food, and lodging with FBI funds.
While it was revealed early on the that FBI played an integral role in hatching the alleged plot, it wasn’t until this week that the depth of the Bureau’s involvement went public, with an FBI agent perjuring himself in an attempt to cover up the involvement.
On Thursday in court, Henrick Impola initially denied that Dan Chappel, who was working as Impola’s informant, was involved in training the alleged Whitmer kidnapping plotters, but was then forced to admit that their training was organized by his own confidential informant.
“How is it that you’re allowing your informant, who’s supposed to be a listening post, to train for an illegal purpose?” a defense attorney asked Impola as he testified.
“He’s basically training them for the crime we’re here for, isn’t he?” the attorney remarked to the jury.
“I told him one of his roles is to make sure nobody gets hurt, nobody gets shot. I didn’t want any accidental discharges to happen, and for law enforcement to come on the scene,” Impola said, presumably because the presence of local law enforcement would blow up the FBI’s entire “investigation” into the “kidnapping plot” before the plot had actually been hatched.
Amazingly, it is not illegal for FBI informants to seriously violate the law when working on behalf of the Bureau, with their crimes being classified as “Otherwise Illegal Activities (OWA).” In other words, their actions would be illegal for an ordinary citizen, but not for someone working on behalf of federal law enforcement.
In all, nine of the fourteen men charged in connection to the alleged Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot have been convicted or have pled guilty to their charges, while a total of five, including Molitor and the Null brothers, have been acquitted.
Though the most recent trial took place in state court, others have been prosecuted by the Department of Justice, which has secured a higher rate of convictions than its state counterparts as it relates to this scenario.
The previous two acquittals came in 2022 when Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were found not guilty of conspiracy to kidnap, after spending over a year behind bars awaiting trial.
See the reading of Molitor, Null, and Null’s not guilty verdicts in the video below:
The last three men to stand trial in connection with a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) have been found not guilty on all counts.
The defendants broke down in tears of joy as the jury’s verdict was read aloud. pic.twitter.com/8nNniPOiU7
— The Recount (@therecount) September 15, 2023