Defense Seeks Immunity for FBI Agents and Informants

Prosecutors Now Want

( – In December 2021, defense attorneys sought to dismiss cases against five men who were allegedly involved in the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D). The attorneys claimed FBI agents and federal prosecutors entrapped the men involved in the case. Now, one of the defense attorneys is trying to get immunity for the others.

On January 14, attorney Scott Graham filed a motion with US District Judge Robert Jonker requesting immunity for undercover informants and FBI agents involved in the case against defendant Kaleb Franks. According to the attorney, he believes the agents and informants were “intertwined in the alleged criminal activity,” and might need to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights to protect themselves against self-incrimination.

Graham wants to call those involved to the stand to testify, but he believes their testimony could land them in hot water. His motion comes weeks after prosecutors said they would not call three FBI agents to the stand because of allegations of professional and personal misconduct. One of the informants in the case was linked to a fraud case in Wisconsin, throwing their credibility into the gutter. In another filing for the Whitmer case, prosecutors have said the informant has worked against the interests of the government.

The kidnapping case is slated for trial on March 8.

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