When a military tribunal convicted Gretchen Whitmer of treason and sentenced her to hang by the neck until dead, the disgraced Michigan governor bewailed the verdict and accused Vice Adm. Darse E. Crandall of denying her the right of counsel. She was taken to Camp Delta’s version of death row, an isolated cell block apart from imprisoned detainees still awaiting their day in court, where she incessantly demanded a retrial to prove her innocence.

The nagging irritated staff to the point of playing a cruel practical joke on Whitmer.


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At 9:00 a.m., June 22, military police roused Whitmer awake with good news, saying Vice Adm. Crandall had unearthed exculpatory evidence supporting her claims of innocence and unilaterally revised the verdict to “not guilty.”

They told Whitmer they had orders to escort her to Leeward Point Airfield, where a plane sat fueled and waiting to fly her to freedom in Michigan without further delay.

Whitmer reportedly grinned from ear to ear, smiling for the first time since her arrest on May 30. An elated Whitmer was so relieved she made small talk as MPs opened the rear door to the Hummer, applauding Adm. Crandall’s willingness to judicially evaluate evidence and concede she had committed no crimes. She said she was eager to resume her gubernatorial duties and even boasted of her presidential aspirations.

After a few minutes, however, Whitmer wanted to know why the Hummer was traveling north toward Marine Hill instead of South to the ferry that carries people and vehicles between the Windward and Leeward sides of the base.

The driver told Whitmer he needed to make a pitstop to grab her “exoneration paperwork.”

Then Whitmer saw the clearing and the gallows and Vice Adm. Crandall.

And the hangman and a Navy chaplain standing atop the gallows.

“You lied to me,” Whitmer bellowed.

“Minor error, not a lie,” the driver replied.


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Whitmer protested, telling Adm. Crandall that the MPs had deceived her. No one, she complained, told her she’d be executed that day. The admiral was furious at the MPs for violating protocol and said he would deal with them, but said their inappropriate behavior had no bearing on Whitmer’s fate.

A different pair of MPs led her to the platform, and the hangman slowly fitted the noose around her neck.

As is customary, the admiral asked Whitmer whether she wanted Last Rites or the chance to make a statement of contrition.

She said the people she wished to speak with were Biden and Kamala Harris.

Source: realrawnews.com

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