THESE are the chilling photographs that show Governor Gretchen Whitmer's kidnap and assassination plot suspects heavily armed at the Michigan Capitol building.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has reportedly confirmed identical twin brothers, William and Michael Null, to be in the photos.
Both were among the thirteen men arrested this week.
The Null brothers, both 38, are seen in the images which was taken at a gun rally on April 30, 2020, according to the Fox News.
Michigan state Senator Dayna Polehanki shared one of the photos to Twitter on the day of the anti-Whitmer protest.
Alongside the photo, she wrote: "Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us.
"Some of my colleagues who own bullet proof vests are wearing them.
"I have never appreciated our Sergeants-at-Arms more than today."
In the photo, the twins are seen standing in a gallery above the senate in a group of four men.
According to WXYZ-TV, the brothers are the first and third men when looking at the picture from left to right.
Some of the men appeared to be wearing body army and toting guns.
The guns in the photo appeared to be long.
Speaking Thursday on the Michigan state Senate floor, Polehanki revealed she was "scared" and "mad" about having guns permitted at the state Capitol.
"When the world was shown the reality of our workplace in the Michigan Capitol, they were appalled, men armed to the teeth stormed our chambers to intimidate us and today we found out these threats were real," Polehanki added.
"There was a plan in place to not only scare us but kidnap us and kill us."
Two other photos were also taken during the April 30 rally and show more armed men in front of Whitmer's office after protests took place at the state capitol building.
The FBI revealed on Thursday that a far-right militia group – known as the Wolverine Watchmen – had made an alleged plan to kidnap Whitmer and start a civil war.
The Wolverine Watchmen have been preparing for the "boogaloo" – a term used in the militia movement for an uprising against the government or impending civil war, according to prosecutors.
Thirteen men were arrested on Wednesday, and face charges in conspiring to kidnap the governor, KTLA reported.
Seven of the men were part of the militia group, officials said.
The Null brothers are included in the group of seven, Nessel said.
They both face charges of providing material support for terrorist acts and carrying a firearm in possession of a felony, Bridge Michigan reports.
Meanwhile, Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Casert and Ty Garbin – from Michigan and Delaware – face charges with plotting the kidnap.
Who are the Wolverine Watchmen?
The group take their name from Michigan’s nickname – the Wolverine State.
Michigan has long been a hotbed of militia activity and they are fierce advocates of the Second Amendment – as well as the right to carry weapons in general.
The Wolverine Watchmen doesn't have much of an online presence.
It is not listed among the anti-government groups followed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist and hate groups.
The Anti-Defamation League, which also monitors extremist groups, has no mention of the Wolverine Watchmen on its website.
Militias sprang up the aftermath of the Waco siege in 1993 when Federal agents were involved in a stand-off at a compound belonging to members of a millennial Christian sect.
The siege ended dramatically when fires consumed the compound, leaving some 75 people dead, including 25 children.
The authorities handling of the situation led to anti-government resentment and by spring 1995 almost every state had a militia group, says the ADL.
Many members of militia groups have been arrested since then, usually on weapons, explosives and conspiracy charges.
In May, armed militiamen gathered outside Michigan's Capitol to rally against Governor Gretchen Whitmer's pandemic executive orders.
They had planned to meet up on Wednesday to “make a payment on explosives and exchange tactical gear,” according to a court filing from the FBI on Thursday.
Seven additional men – The Null brothers, Paul Bellar, Shawn Fix, Eric Molitor, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison – face terrorism and gang-related charges in connection with the alleged kidnapping plot.
Whitmer on Thursday blasted Trump and seemingly blamed him for the plot.
“Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” Whitmer said.
“'Stand back and stand by,' he told them. 'Stand back and stand by.' Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke but as a rallying cry, as a call to action.”
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