Now, add another question, this time pertaining to the Whitmer abduction.
On Monday, in the supposed case against Gretchen Whitmer, a jury heard from FBI informant Dan Chappel. He testified about his involvement with the Wolverine Watchmen at a protest on April 30, 2020, that was held at the Michigan Capitol building. Two of those accused of plans to kidnap Governor Whitmer are being retried after the inability to reach previous verdicts.
According to Buzzfeed’s Ken Bensinger, Chappel was wearing a wire for the FBI at the rally. So there was at least one FBI informant at the COVID lockdown demonstration. Chappel stated that he was concerned about the event outside the building getting violent, so he informed his FBI handlers about it. According to Bensinger, the FBI requested that Michigan State Police allow people into the facility “to de-escalate” things.
If I may, how many of those protests included FBI informants? And if you genuinely thought there was potential for violence, why would you allow people inside the building? That doesn’t seem to de-escalate anything. Maybe it makes sense if your goal isn’t to pacify the situation. Fortunately, everything remained peaceful.
The FBI’s reported actions, on the other hand, created a firestorm on social media. People on both the left and right blasted the agency for its actions. The left argued that, while the FBI has been infiltrating events for years, they are now siding with people on the right. Meanwhile, individuals on the right drew a parallel to Jan. 6, when some of the people were allowed into the Capitol there as well, claiming that it was escalating rather than de-escalating in nature.
This is merely one more example indicating that the FBI has lost all credibility among Republicans and Democrats alike. Another thing for GOP lawmakers to investigate.