The FBI once again showed its willingness to break laws for the benefit of its political agenda. A former FBI agent pleaded guilty this week to destroying evidence to frame an Arkansas state pro-Trump lawmaker.
The plea was part of a deal between the agent, Robert Cessario, who was charged with “corrupt destruction of record in an official proceeding,” and prosecutors.
Cessario admitted that he destroyed evidence related to the corruption trial of Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale in an effort to frame him.
“I erased the contents of the computer hard knowing that the court has ordered that the computer be submitted for a forensic examination. I did so with the intention of making the contents of the computer’s hard drive unavailable for forensic examination,” Cessario stated in the plea deal.
Corruption and conviction
“At the time, I knew that the contents of the hard drive were relevant to an official proceeding, that is, Cause No. 5:17-CR-50010, United States v. Woods et al. I corruptly performed and had performed, the erasures with intent to impair the integrity and availability of the computer hard drive and its contents for use in that official proceeding,” the statement noted further.
Cessario could face up to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 for the action.
“Cessario’s charges stem from his role in the corruption trial of Woods who was convicted of mail fraud and 14 counts of wire fraud in 2018,” the local news reported. “Woods was convicted of steering state funds to Ecclesia College in Springdale in exchange for kickbacks.”
Presumably, Woods may not have been convicted if Cessario had not destroyed the evidence.
Woods endorsed former President Donald Trump in 2016, which I guess was his mistake as far as Cessario was concerned.
The Mar-A-Lago raid has been more well-known than Cessario’s actions, but the bottom line is, Americans’ trust in the FBI has been shaken hard by these criminally partisan actions.
More than 80% of Republicans and 71% of independents said they are more likely to vote after the raid, according to a Trafalgar Group poll taken in the days following the raid.
Exposing the FBI for acting out of partisan motivations could prove to give Republicans a huge boost in the midterm elections, if people remember and hold onto their outrage long enough.