The FBI was tasked with investigating an alleged plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year amid backlash over her harsh COVID-19 restrictions.
Now, the Washington Examiner reports that the agent who headed up that probe has been fired by the bureau over charges that he physically assaulted his wife.
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According to reports, 39-year-old Richard Trask was an FBI special agent prior to his recent dismissal.
He was arrested in July and could spend a decade behind bars if convicted of assault with intent to inflict great bodily harm less than murder.
According to the Daily Mail, prosecutors say the ex-fed was in a drunken rage following a swingers’ party when he began arguing with his wife. He is accused of smashing her head into a nightstand and choking her, resulting in serious injuries.
The alleged victim was ultimately able to fight back and free herself, fleeing the house and contacting authorities.
Trask was once the most prominent agent working on the Whitmer case, but his testimony on that front has apparently been stricken from the record. His social media footprint includes evidence of bias against former President Donald Trump.
“Confidential human sources”
As for the defendants accused of plotting to kidnap Whitmer, they claim to have been set up in a classic entrapment scheme, pointing to evidence that at least a dozen FBI agents were so essential to the plot that it would not have gone forward without the bureau’s involvement.
The supposed ringleader of the kidnapping plan was identified as a homeless man living in the basement of a vacuum store. Whitmer and others on the left portrayed the plot as a far-right conspiracy sparked in part by former President Donald Trump.
One of the suspects has pleaded guilty and received a six-year prison sentence. Five others are scheduled to go on trial next month and could face life behind bars.
Defense attorneys have asked for a 90-day delay in order to review the evidence. They argued that the “government’s extensive use of confidential human sources and undercover FBI agents” made preparation for the trial especially difficult.
In addition to revelations about Trask, defense attorneys also want more time to look into the actions of other FBI agents on the case — including Jayson Chambers, whose cyberintelligence firm tweeted about the arrests hours before the suspects were taken into custody.