U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after an FBI Agent testified in court that the alleged conspirators charged in the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also plotted to kidnap Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

"This stuff is pure lunacy. In America, violence against a political opponents should be soundly rejected. We win policy debates through persuasion and by loving our neighbors, not by threats. The American system is being infiltrated by an ugly politics that is unhealthy for our nation."