By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:54 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 17:33 BST, 8 October 2020
Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer was widely criticized for her strict lockdown rules that many said violated the Constitution because it stopped them from being able to work
Five men have been arrested in an FBI raid in Michigan over plots to kidnap and assassinate the state's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer who they believe 'violated' the US Constitution this year with tough pandemic lockdown laws.
The five men were taken into custody in a raid on a house in suburban Detroit on Thursday morning.
They have been named as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and 24-year-old Ty Garbin.
None of the other suspects' ages have yet been released.
In their arrest affidavit, the FBI wrote: 'Several members talked about murdering "tyrants" or "taking' a sitting governor".
The Detroit News first shared details of the FBI operation. It claims that in June, some of the men held a meeting with 13 other people where they discussed forming their own 'self-sufficient' society.
They talked about 'different ways of achieving this goal, from peaceful endeavors to violent