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Stateside Podcast: FBI Informants and Kidnapping Plot

A weapon seized from Barry Croft, one of the men on trial for the kidnapping plot.
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan

Federal prosecutors and attorneys for an armed anti-government militia continue to lay groundwork for a trial set for later this year.

The group of mostly-Michigan men, the so-called Wolverine Watchmen, are accused of plotting last year to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The defense has indicated it will show jurors that the plot never would have happened, had FBI informants not drawn the militia members in.

Today, two Buzzfeed reporters on their investigation, which shines critical light on how the FBI investigated the plot, and the role confidential informants played in the case. 


Jessica Garrison, senior investigative editor for BuzzFeed News, based in San Francisco

Ken Bensinger, investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News, based in Los Angeles

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