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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:23 PM

FBI: Suspect in alleged extremist plot deleted video made near Mich. governor's home

Source: Washington Post

FBI: Suspect in alleged extremist plot deleted video made near Mich. governor’s home

By Kayla Ruble and Devlin Barrett
10/16/2020, 2:57:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Wisconsin man charged in connection with an investigation of alleged extremists plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor told the FBI after his arrest that he destroyed video taken of some of the men conducting surveillance for their scheme, an FBI agent testified Friday.

Special Agent Richard Trask testified in federal court here about the arrest of Brian Higgins, who was charged a day earlier by state officials with providing material support for an act of terrorism. Higgins is accused of loaning night-vision goggles to the alleged conspirators and took dash-cam video of a “reconnaissance” mission to the vacation home of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Federal authorities have charged six men with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer, a Democrat, before Election Day. Trask has said they were angry about coronavirus-related restrictions imposed by the governor. Another eight men, including Higgins, have been charged in state court with providing material support to acts of terror.

Higgins, 51, apparently became reluctant to carry out the plot, according to evidence discussed in court Friday.

After his arrest, Higgins allegedly told FBI agents he decided after helping conduct surveillance on the governor’s home, he wanted “nothing to do with it” and deleted a video he had made of the surveillance, Trask said.

The FBI agent said Higgins had already given a copy of the video to an informant who was secretly working with the FBI’s investigation and recording conversations among the suspects. Higgins told agents in his interview that he “wanted to get the video back” but was unable to do so, Trask testified.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/gretchen-whitmer-kidnapping-plot/2020/10/16/0c082612-0fb7-11eb-8074-0e943a91bf08_story.html

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yellowcanine Oct 16 #1

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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:28 PM

1. "reluctant to carry out the plot" doesn't cut it buddy unless you go to the FBI with the reluctance.

Sorry but it is damn convenient to get reluctant once you are caught.

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