Posted by Curt on 17 August, 2021 at 9:50 am. 3 comments already!


by John Agar

The attorney for one of six men indicted in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday, Aug. 13 that an FBI special agent told an informant to lie and to delete text messages between them.
Attorney Michael Hills, representing Brandon Caserta, asked a federal judge to order the government provide all communications between a paid informant, identified only as “Dan,” and the FBI.
The government has said it provided a significant amount of documentation and that the defense hasn’t shown evidence of entrapment that would warrant release of additional materials.
Defense attorneys want to review communication between informants as well as their conversations with the FBI. Hills sought cellphone data of Dan, along with FBI special agents, Henrik Impola and Jayson Chambers.
“These text messages indicate the F.B.I. was pushing their paid agent to actively recruit people into an overt act in furtherance of a conspiracy,” Hills wrote.
“Counsel has found further text messages between (special agent) Impola and Dan indicating Dan should destroy his text messages and instruct Dan to lie and accuse an innocent 3rd party of being a federal agent spy to the founder of Wolverine Watchmen.”
The Watchmen is a militia group whose members are allegedly tied to the kidnap plot.
Hills said Dan told Impola the Watchman founder suspected him of being a federal agent. Dan said someone else vouched for him.
Hills provided a transcript in which the FBI agent allegedly said: “Copy. Best thing to do is deny and accuse somebody else like Trent.”

Hills said the FBI agent also wrote: “Be sure to delete these.”
The man named Trent is on the “outskirts of the Wolverine Watchmen” and has not been charged, Hills said.
“The F.B.I is instructing a paid F.B.I. informant to lie and paint an innocent citizen as an undercover federal agent to a man they claim is the head of a domestic terrorist organization, who they claim is paranoid about being infiltrated by the feds, who they claim has bragged about tossing a Molotov cocktail into a police officer’s house,” Hills argues.
“This behavior, evidenced by the telephonic communication between F.B.I. handler Impola and Dan, casts a dark shadow over the credibility of this investigation and demonstrates the need for immediate disclosure as demanded.”
Hills said Dan was “at the center of all activity” and recruited others to join the alleged conspiracy.

“The defense need for this material at this point is self-evident, that is for purposes of entrapment defense, credibility of government witnesses, the indicted defendants’ own statements and evidence of government methods and tactics,” Hills wrote in the latest court filing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler argued in a recent court filing the “defendants were predisposed to join the kidnapping and explosive conspiracies, and therefore will not be able to prove entrapment.”
Defense attorney Christopher Gibbons, representing Adam Fox of Wyoming, says that government informants “were originators of the criminal design in this case, to the extent that a ‘design’ ever existed.”

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