Thirteen men, seven of them linked to the anti-government militant group "Wolverine Watchmen", were arrested on charges that they intended to kidnap the governor of Michigan.
They are also charged with planning to attack the building of the state legislative authorities and endanger the implementation of the law, according to the prosecution.
The suspects are charged with intending to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who clashed with President Donald Trump over state restrictions against Kovid-19, in the run-up to the upcoming presidential election.
The prosecution alleges that the suspects considered recruiting 200 supporters who would break into the legislative building in the capital Lansing and take hostages, but later changed the plan, and decided to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer in her weekend house.
The six fired men could face life in prison if convicted of attempted kidnapping of Whitmer. The two of them considered using diversion tactics and dropping bombs.
The group "Wolverine Watchman" has been using Facebook since November 2019 to recruit members.
They were trained to use firearms and to carry out an attack on the government and provoke a civil war, the indictment alleges.
The group planned to kidnap Whitman before the presidential elections, and she will be judged for great betrayal.
Michigan is crucial in the upcoming presidential election, which will be held on November 3.
The country found itself in the focus of Trump and his supporters after Whitman introduced quarantine measures due to the corona virus, which they criticized. On that occasion, protests were organized, in which armed members of militant groups also participated.