VT: Many of the leaders of the attempted coup against the US were from a group centered in Michigan that met with GOP Senate Leader (Michigan Senate) Mike Shirkey. Shirkey’s meeting is seen by many as not only a prelude to the attempted kidnapping and murder of Michigan’s governor, which Shirkey’s groups were part of, but also the attack on the US Capitol as well, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Shirkey has a long history of playing to armed militants and, in particular, Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf, a county known for human trafficking, meth labs, rampant poverty and a corrupt Sheriff’s Department under Dar Leaf.
Michigan Advance: Just a month before 13 men were charged by state and federal law enforcement for a far-right plot to allegedly kidnap and execute Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) had a sitdown conversation with leaders of three Michigan-based militias.
Met with Kidnappers and Capitol Terrorists
“I was in Lansing and members — the leaders, the so-called leaders — of three of the groups met in my office and we talked about their messaging, their purpose, what they are trying to accomplish and how they could improve their message,” he told JTV host Bart Hawley in an interview on Sept. 10. “It was very fascinating and they’re not uniquely different than you and I. They bleed red, white and blue, but they feel like they are not being heard.”
He claimed in the interview that Michigan State Police assisted him identifying the militia leaders and that such a meeting “has never been done before.” (from their investigations of domestic terrorism)
Shirkey said in an interview on WJR-AM on Monday that he didn’t believe the FBI bulletin was necessary, as the Advance previously reported.
“It just hurts my heart to hear that the FBI is announcing things like that, and I don’t think it’s necessary. And it is up to us as citizens of this nation to calm that down. And the best way for us to do that is to become neighbors again, not enemies,” Shirkey said.
However, on Friday, Shirkey and House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) issued a joint statement that legislative sessions would be canceled this week because the “Michigan State Police, as well as House and Senate sergeants at arms, have expressed concern over credible threats regarding events scheduled to take place at and around the state Capitol.”