President Joe Biden used an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) in October 2020, accusing President Donald Trump following stunning arrests in a key swing state — but the trial finished without any convictions.
On Friday, a federal jury found two men, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, not guilty of conspiring to abduct Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, and deadlocked on the same accusations against two other men.
Despite the fact that Caserta was seen in front of an anarchist banner online and Harris had participated in a Black Lives Matter protest in June 2020, the Biden campaign and the mainstream media characterized all of the accused as if they were Trump supporters.
Biden suggested that the defendants were white supremacists and that Trump was to blame for the plot when the FBI announced the charges in October 2020, with the presidential campaign at a critical juncture:
Hatred has no place in the United States of America. And both of us [including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)] have been talking about how white supremacists and militias are a real concern for a long time.
I’d like to commend the FBI and law enforcement authorities for what they did and how they responded. But consider this: a president’s words are significant. You’ve heard me say it before: whether they can or not.
There was no proof linking Trump to the scheme at the time, and no such information was presented during the trial.
As the trial progressed, questions were raised regarding the FBI informants’ role, with some speculating that they may have entrapped the defendants or devised the conspiracy themselves.
According to the Associated Press, the judge gave jury instructions on entrapment, instructing them that they could find the defendants not guilty if they believed “that the agents or informants sought to persuade or pressure the men into agreeing to such a plot.”
Before and during Trump’s presidency, the FBI had displayed a constant animosity toward him, with senior FBI individuals involved in pushing the phony “Russia collusion” conspiracy theory, even lying to a judge to obtain a surveillance warrant.