Ohio governor denounces arrest threats


FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor’s Residence in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio governor’s positive, then false, results on COVID-19 tests threw fuel on the fire for skeptics about pandemic precautions and critics of the often-aggressive policies the governor championed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (NewsNation Now) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine addressed allegations on Friday that a group of citizens was plotting to arrest him.

A man contacted police on Oct. 16 following a phone call he claims to have received. He said the person on the line told him that a group was getting together to go to DeWine’s house and arrest him for tyranny, according to a report from Piqua Police Department

“I am not shocked by it. At this point in my life, not much shocks me anymore. It’s a sad thing. Again, I don’t know any of the details of this, so I am not going to comment on the facts here,” said DeWine

He also reflected on the recent kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. More than a dozen people have been charged in connection to that case.

“The idea that some people think that they can override what everyone else wants to do and that they can take the law into their hands is despicable and it’s wrong,” he added.

DeWine called the plots despicable and denounced the threats against him.

“We are a country, a state, of the rule of law,” he said. “A long tradition of that. Anybody who wants to violate that or go around that we all have a responsibility to denounce.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

NewsNation affiliate WJW and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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