Eric Molitor’s Story Wikipedia: Where Is He Now, What Did He Do? Wife, Children, Parents, Family, Biography

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Eric Molitor was among the 14 men charged in state and federal court over the alleged plan to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Where is he now?

Gretchen Whitmer is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 49th governor of Michigan since 2019.

A member of the Democratic Party, she served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006 and in the Michigan Senate from 2006 to 2015.

As governor, she has signed over 1,000 bipartisan bills and four balanced, bipartisan budgets to deliver on the kitchen-table issues, grow the economy, and create good-paying jobs in every region of the state.

In 2020, Whitmer was a subject to abduction after a group of men allegedly planned to kidnap her in a plot that was developed from June through September.

However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation foiled the operation after a hint as 14 conspirators were arrested in relation to the scheme.

Eric Molitor was named one of the alleged conspirers associated with The Wolverine Watchmen extremist militia group. Below is everything to know about him and his involvement in the Michigan Governor’s kidnap plot.

Wolverine Watchmen extremist Eric Molitor is accused of conspiracy to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer
Wolverine Watchmen extremist Eric Molitor is accused of conspiracy to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer. Credit: AP

Who is Eric Molitor?

Eric Molitor is alleged to be one of the 14 conspirators affiliated with the plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer.

Molitor is believed to be a member of The Wolverine Watchmen.

Coining their moniker from Michigan’s nickname The Wolverine State, the group has a reputation for being a far-right extremist militia group.

On October 7, 2020, Molitor was arrested for providing material support during terrorist acts and felony firearm possession.

Investigators reported Molitor and the other Watchmen members were motivated by their anger regarding Whitmer’s Covid-19 policies.

“Plan A consisted of recruiting 200 men and then storming the Capitol building in Lansing while Congress was in session,” according to legal documents.

“They were to take hostages, execute tyrants, and have it televised.

“It would take about one week and no one is coming out alive.”

On January 14, 2021, he posted bail and was released from the Antrim County Jail.

Where is Molitor now?

On August 23, 2023, Molitor’s trial began in Antrim County.

Along with his alleged co-conspirators Michael and William Null, he stands accused of providing material support for terrorist acts and carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Molitor has pleaded not guilty to the abovementioned charges.

“This will not be a circus,” Judge Charles Hamlyn said to the court at the start of the trial.

“We follow the same rules, the same rules of decorum, the same rules of evidence.”

Prosecutors believe Molitor and the Null brothers schemed to abduct Whitmer to instigate a civil war and uprising.

If convicted, Molitor could possibly be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

When was the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plan busted?

The Whitmer kidnapping plot was busted by the FBI in October 2020 after one of the group’s members became a confidential informant, according to ABC News.

The Democratic governor was ultimately unharmed, and later blamed then-President Donald Trump for “stoking” hate, calling the suspects “sick and depraved men.”

“This should be a moment for national unity where we all pull together as Americans to meet this challenge head on with the same might and muscle that put a man on the moon,” Whitmer said during a news conference, via ABC News.

“Instead our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust and fomenting anger and giving comfort to those who spread hatred and division.”

She continued: “Just last week the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two militia groups.

“‘Stand back and stand by,’ he told them. ‘Stand back and stand by.’ Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke but as a rallying cry, as a call to action.

“When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight,” Whitmer added.

“When our leaders meet with, encourage or fraternize with domestic terrorists they legitimize their actions and they were complicit.

“When they contribute to hate speech, they are complicit.”

In response to Whitmer’s speech, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Trump had “continually condemned white supremacists and all forms of hate” and that “America stands united against hate and in support of our federal law enforcement who stopped this plot.”

Despite McEnany’s initial statement, Trump later called the kidnapping plan a “fake deal” in August 2022, according to the Associated Press.

A plan to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was foiled and 14 conspirators were arrestedCredit: AP
A plan to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was foiled and 14 conspirators were arrested. Credit: AP

Who are the Wolverine Watchmen involved in the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot?

14 of the Wolverine Watchmen’s members were tied to the plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer.

In addition to Eric Molitor, the list of alleged co-conspirators includes:

  • Michael Null
  • William Null
  • Adam Fox
  • Joseph M. Morrison
  • Ty Garbin
  • Barry Croft
  • Kaleb Franks
  • Daniel Harris
  • Brandon Caserta
  • Pete Musico
  • Shawn Fix
  • Paul Bellar
  • Brian Higgins

On December 9, 2022, Adam Fox was determined to be the mastermind of the coup and was convicted of kidnapping conspiracy and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

On December 27 of the same year, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison; he remains incarcerated at USP-Florence High in Colorado.

Law enforcement considered Joseph M. Morrison to be the Watchmen’s leader.

On October 26, 2022, Morrison was found guilty of materially aiding a terrorist and membership in a gang.

On December 15 of the same year, he was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison; he remains incarcerated at FCI Pekin in Illinois.