In one clip, a group of men dressed in military clothing exit a car and fire assault rifle bullets in the distance. Two other videos show men practicing rapid reloading of assault rifles, and another shows a man working with a tasers.
Authorities say the group had monitored the governor’s vacation home in northern Michigan and inspected a nearby bridge as a site for a bomb.
In another video introduced into evidence by prosecutors, suspect Brandon Caserta spoke on camera about taking action against “the government thugs who rob people every day.”
“If this all starts to happen I’m telling you which guy I’m taking off as many of those m **** rf ***** as possible.” Each of them. Each of them, ”he says.
The video was part of evidence submitted by federal prosecutors in a two-day state court hearing.
After the hearing, U.S. District Judge Sally Berens ordered the cases of five men facing federal charges to be presented to a grand jury.
Adam Fox, 37, of Grand Rapids, Ty Garbin, 24, of Hartland Township, Kaleb Franks, 26, of Waterford, Daniel Harris, 23, of Lake Orion and Brandon Caserta, 33, of Canton, have all were cited in the criminal complaint. .
Also named Barry Croft, 44, of Delaware, is still awaiting his first appearance in federal court in Michigan.
The six men are being held without bail.
Defendants’ attorneys told the hearing their clients were being prosecuted for their interest in guns and their anti-government views.
Attorney Mark Satawa, representing Garbin, told the hearing that his client’s right to freedom of expression and assembly, as well as his right to carry firearms, were violated during the investigation.
Eight other men face state charges: Paul Bellar, 21, of Milford; Shawn Fix, 38, of Belleville; Eric Molitor, 36, of Cadillac; Michael Null, 38, of Plainwell; William Null, 38, of Shelbyville; Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 26, from Munith; and Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.