An FBI snitch testified in District Court the agency asked state police to allow armed protesters enter the capitol April 30, 2020.
Army veteran “Big Dan” Chappel testified Monday and Tuesday in the retrial of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr.’s part in an attempted kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI). Chappel claims the FBI asked him to continue as a member of the Wolverine Watchmen militia and gather evidence for them.
The Daily Caller further reported:
Hundreds of demonstrators called for Whitmer to end a COVID-19 stay-at-home order that day, the Lansing State Journal reported.
Fox and Croft are being retried on charges of planning to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home in 2020 because of her COVID-19 restrictions, according to Kalamazoo’s WWMT. A jury failed to reach a verdict about them and acquitted two others in April after their defense contended the FBI entrapped them, The Associated Press reported.
Chappel is a postal worker. Fox’s defense attorney Chris Gibbons noted the bureau paid Chappel cash for 17 weeks of lost wages, a smart watch and a $4,300 laptop he claimed to have purchased for school, Fox 17 Michigan‘s Michael Martin reported.
Chappel begins talking about wanting to go to college at some point in the future. Says he purchased the $4K laptop with his own money for school, but that the FBI wanted to see his receipts & wanted to pay for the laptop.
Laptop was bought ~3 weeks before arrests.
Gibbons reminded Chappel he had testified in the previous trial that the FBI gave him a credit card to offer other Wolverine Watchmen members for “ammo, supplies” and “hotel rooms,” according to Fox 17.
Chappel characterized Fox on Monday as the alleged kidnapping plot group’s driving force, claiming he himself had reluctantly become an FBI informant after joining the Wolverine Watchmen and eventually fearing they would kill police, according to the Detroit Free Press. The jury heard a recording of Fox saying, “you don’t even have to convince me” to kidnap Whitmer, the outlet reported.
Croft’s attorney, Joshua Blanchard, claimed a juror informed coworkers jurors had already decided the verdict they would deliver, according to a court filing sealed Thursday, according to the WWMT report.