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Five Defendants in Plot to Kidnap Governor Whitmer Appear in Federal Court Tuesday

Five defendants in the alleged plot to kidnap and kill Governor Gretchen Whitmer were in federal court Tuesday, arguing for jurors to have access to statements made by FBI Agents and confidential informants that they think could help their case.

Defense attorneys plan to argue that their clients were entrapped in the plot by the government.

In a motion to have the charges dismissed, one attorney says FBI memos show confidential sources played a hand in crafting and driving forward the alleged plot.

However, prosecutors argue the defendants took the concrete steps towards planning the kidnapping, showing they were serious about the crime.

Prior court filings say prosecutors believe one confidential source was a double agent, working to assist in the plot.