The FBI’s role in undermining and illegally spying on former President Donald Trump led many Americans to doubt the agency for the first time in their lives, and it appears that there are still plenty of reasons to be skeptical.
BuzzFeed confirmed this week that the so-called “plot” to “kidnap” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) last year, hyped up by the media as right-wing domestic terrorism, was likely orchestrated almost entirely by FBI agents — and now, an agent in the case has been arrested for savagely beating his wife after a swingers’ party. According to the Washington Examiner, special agent Richard Trask, 39, is facing charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm.
The disgusting details
The victim told police that she did not like the party, which took place at a hotel in Oshtemo Township, just west of Kalamazoo, and that the couple argued about it on the way home Sunday, Detroit News reported. When they entered the bedroom, a drunken Trask reportedly went berserk.
Court documents provided graphic detail of the assault: Trask “grabbed the side of her head and smashed it several times on the nightstand,” leaving “blood all over [her] chest, clothing, arms and hand” and “severe” bruising to her neck and throat.
She sought to free herself as Trask began to strangle her. He finally let go when she grabbed his testicles. He then fled in her car, reports said.
Trask was arrested Monday in the parking lot of a supermarket in Oshtemo Township, and is facing up to 10 years in prison. He was released on $10,000 bond, the Examiner reported.
“In accordance with FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time,” an FBI spokesperson said, according to the Examiner.
The Whitmer case’s spectacular collapse
Trask, who has worked at the FBI since 2011 on cases relating to domestic extremism, terrorism, and espionage, had provided critical testimony in the case involving Whitmer.
His arrest could very well undermine the prosecution of the five defendants charged federally with conspiring to kidnap the governor.
“It’s the last thing you want for a major case like this,” Detroit’s former lead agent, Andrew Arena, told Detroit News. “Any time you give the defense any ammunition, it’s not good.”
However, this is not the only black eye for the feds. BuzzFeed News has reported that FBI agents were so deeply involved in the “plot” to kidnap Whitmer that it likely would not have formed without them.
The defendants have seized on BuzzFeed’s report to bolster their claims that they were entrapped for political reasons.