The men considered a “Plan B” and “Plan C” if the kidnapping didn’t work out, including storming the statehouse and holding televised executions of lawmakers.
He also called the Capitol insurrection a “hoax” that was “staged.”
State Rep. Cynthia Johnson shared screenshots and audio of hundreds of messages she's received in the past week—including one calling for her to be lynched.
The board of state canvassers voted to certify Joe Biden’s big margin of victory after a key member refused to bow to Trump’s pressure campaign.
And "Plan C," according to prosecutors, would have involved burning down the statehouse while lawmakers were locked inside, “leaving no survivors.”
He singled out Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has already been the target of one violent far-right group.
The state's attorney general has vowed to appeal the decision.
The campaign has falsely accused Whitmer, who was recently the target of an alleged kidnapping plot, of calling for the president to be assassinated.
"I feel so good!" the president said, in an interview in which he coughed repeatedly and at one point appeared to lose his voice.
Thirteen men, including members of the "Wolverine Watchmen," are accused of plotting to kidnap the Democratic governor from her vacation home.
People With Guns (and No Masks) Swarmed the Michigan State Capitol to Protest the Coronavirus Lockdown
Some state legislators, anticipating the possibility of violence, had even come to work that day wearing bulletproof vests.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has had it with protests of her stay-at-home order at the state Capitol.