Explosive new evidence has been found in the alleged kidnapping plot involving Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The discovery of bomb-making components has prompted federal officials to request more time in seeking grand jury indictments.
A 40-day extension was requested following the findings, which could now result in new terror-related charges. In a recently filed court document, prosecutors requested more time simply because of the vast amount of evidence they had recently discovered.
“The evidence also included potentially illegal firearms and explosives evidence, which must be examined by FBI and ATF experts to determine whether additional federal charges are appropriate,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler wrote in a court document, according to The Detroit News.
Federal agents also found hundreds of hours of audio recordings and more than 13,000 pages of encrypted texts. All of the men involved in the plot are currently being held without bond.
Evidence presented during the preliminary hearings suggests the suspects had discussed blowing up a bridge near Whitmer’s northern Michigan vacation home in an effort to slow authorities’ response to the kidnapping. The alleged conspirators attempted to purchase $4,000 worth of explosives to use on the bridge from an undercover FBI agent.
In all, 14 people have been charged for their role in the kidnapping plot in state and federal court. The six men being charged in federal court could face up to life in prison if convicted.