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Feds Ask for Extra Time to Indict Alleged Whitmer Kidnap Conspirators

Federal prosecutors are asking for a 40-day extension of the deadline for seeking indictments in the case involving the alleged attempted kidnapping of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The law typically requires that indictments be handed down within 30 days of an arrest.

In a court filing yesterday, prosecutors said they have recently recovered more firearms and explosive devices, which could lead to additional charges. They told the court that they’re struggling to sift through a mountain of other evidence, and hundreds of hours of recordings.

Much of that sorting would usually be done before arrests were made, but officials said they were obligated to move early, because of the imminent nature of the threat against Whitmer and state government.

Five of the alleged conspirators are in custody in Michigan. A sixth is being held in Delaware, and is awaiting extradition.

An additional group of defendants is facing state charges.

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