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Lawmakers differ on whether they should have received warning of kidnapping plot

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan discusses the foiled plot to kidnap her. Six arrests have been made, officials said.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan discusses the foiled plot to kidnap her. Six arrests have been made, officials said.
Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 4:55 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Republican State Rep. Phil Green learned about an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and attack the State Capitol building by watching the news.

He wonders why lawmakers didn’t learn about the alleged plot against their workplace earlier.

“That we would have that type of situation that emotions are and anger would be so high that individuals would resort this type of plotting, it blew my mind,” Green said.

That was Green’s first reaction after learning of the alleged plot by domestic terrorists.

“I work in the capitol building, and learning that there was a plot to have 200 people storm the capitol and then as I’ve done research following, learning that none of the law enforcement, the sergeants at arms that are responsible for the House chambers were even notified, that makes me very frustrated,” he said.

Green is not alone in his frustration. Over the weekend, Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield penned an open letter to the governor asking, “Why weren’t we warned of the plot to take hostages at the Capitol? The plot by these terrorists was against us too.”

Democrat State Sen. Jim Ananich of Flint is less concerned about the lack of a warning for lawmakers.

“The governor was the victim, and to try to find some way to turn this into us lawmakers were victims, feelings were hurt or something or whatever this is about, the governor’s job is not to run a federal investigation or a state investigation of this nature. This is law enforcement’s job. They informed people when they thought they should,” he said.

Both Ananich and Green agree the alleged plot shouldn’t be politicized.

“To try to turn this political is really disgusting," said Ananich.

“Peoples lives are not partisan,” said Green.

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