Michigan Man Held in Russian Prison Pleads for President Trump’s Help

“This absurd political kidnapping continues. I’m innocent of the one and only charge against me, a crime that never occurred.”

The Michigan man being held in a Russian prison is pleading to the president for help.

Paul Whelan from the Detroit area was arrested in a hotel room in Moscow in December.

He’s accused of spying and could spend up to 20 years in prison in Russia.

Whalen’s lawyer says his client was handed a flash drive that had classified information on it that he didn’t know about.

While in court, Whelan appealed to the president to intervene in his case and defend him, saying he was a victim of a political kidnapping.

“Mr. President, we cannot keep America great, unless we aggressively protect and defend American citizens wherever they are in the world. Please tweet your intent on this,” said Whelan.

Whelan’s lawyer says investigators have not yet released which country he is accused of spying for.

He holds U.S., Canadian, British and Irish citizenship.