Sheriff Defends Accused Domestic Terrorists

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In the middle of the FBI investigating an alleged terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmera local sheriff was sharing a stage with one of the men who would be charged with providing material support to terrorist acts, where he compared Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders to mass detention.

Dar Leaf, Sheriff of Barry County, claims to know nothing of the alleged crimes being planned.  

13 men were charged in connection with the plot, however, Leaf said some of their actions could have been lawful. 

So, are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt?  Because you can still, in Michigan if it’s a felony, you can still make a felony arrest, he said. 

Terror charges against twin brothers Michael and William Null, and 11 others, had not been proven and they deserved the presumption of innocence, Leaf said. 

The Sherriff added, “In fact, these guys are innocent until proven guilty, so I am not even sure if they had any part in it.”  

“Well, you look at the militia itself and the originations of the militia,” he told reporters. “They have more of a legal standing in this country than the agencies that arrested them.”