Testimony Focuses on Barry Croft in Day 3 of Whitmer Kidnapping Trial

It was day three of the federal trial in the kidnapping plot of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and things were heating up as evidence made its way into court.

The testimony Thursday seemed to focus on the role Barry Croft played in the plot, and how he met with the other defendants in the summer of 2020.Whitmer Trial Day 3 Vsv 3 10 2200 00 42 29still001

The first witness to take the stand in this trial was FBI Special Agent Todd Reinick.  He gave some insight to communication between Adam Fox and Croft, as well as the attendance at some of these meetings they had in the summer of 2020. 

The third witness Thursday was another FBI agent, this one from Delaware. Special Agent Christopher Long was in charge of following Croft throughout this investigation and brought to light some intense evidence.

“It’s a lot of talk. It’s a lot of talk, that’s what you heard today,” said Christopher Gibbons, the attorney for Fox.

Early in this trial, defense attorneys focused on their client’s inability to organize and lack of credibility as a defense they couldn’t possibly be plotting to kidnap a sitting governor. Saying any plan to do so was pushed by undercover agents and informants.

Long helped present audio recordings of Croft and Fox laying out the plot.

Using an informant wearing a recording device, over three separate meetings, Croft was recorded ranting about the government and how he is willing to burn buildings, kill police officers and blow up infrastructure in order to send a message and start a new Revolutionary War.

In the recordings, he is discussing building home made explosives aimed at “devastating” damage. At one point calling for the death of politicians and naming Whitmer directly as a target.

A meeting in Dublin, Ohio also featured Fox, the first time he met with Croft.

Long confirmed a receipt found in Croft’s car following his arrest for $700 worth of fireworks purchased before the group built these explosives at a meeting.

“That’s the government side of the story, there’s two sides of the case,” said Gibbons. “We get our shot at it and will have a day in court and I  look forward to getting all that evidence out when the time comes.”

While Croft was the main focus of Thursday’s testimony, time ran out before his attorney, Josh Blanchard, had a chance to lay out his defense.

“I always enjoy cross examination but we’ll get a chance on Monday,” said Blanchard.

The trial will not take place tomorrow so it will be returning on Monday with the first thing being that Blanchard cross examination of Long.

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