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Nessel: Militia groups, domestic terrorism are not just a Michigan problem

Dana Nessel
Jodi Westrick
Michigan Radio

Following news that an alleged domestic terrorist group plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel spoke with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about the arrests of six people, as well as additional charges she announced against seven others at a press conference Thursday afternoon. For more on that story, please follow our developing coverage.

"[This is] something a joint task force had been following for quite some time," Nessel said of the plot. "Unfortunately, this is not just a Michigan problem, it's an American problem right now. We've heard the FBI director say in the past that white supremacist groups, militia groups, domestic terrorism pose one of the biggest threats that we have in the United States today. And I concur with that." 

Nessel also noted that many of those arrested today were participants in a gun rights rally in Lansing in June. 

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