FBI agent Richard Trask, who was heavily involved with the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot, was charged Monday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder following a domestic incident with his wife this past Sunday. Trask was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bond and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Trask has worked for the FBI since 2011 and was heavily involved in “thwarting” the widely reported Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot. The 39-year-old served as the investigation’s public face, testifying in federal court about the investigation and providing context about multiple undercover recordings.
“It’s the last thing you want for a major case like this,” said former FBI special agent Andrew Arena who was in charge of the agency’s Detroit office. “Any time you give the defense any ammunition it’s not good.”
Of the 14 arrests made in the Whitmer kidnapping plot, which included plans to storm the Michigan State Capitol, five have been revealed to be either FBI agents or informants. This comes as a bombshell piece from Revolver News has raised several questions regarding the FBI’s involvement in planning and executing the Capitol riot.
Of five individuals who were found to have surveilled Whitmer’s house from a van, three of them were FBI agents. 60% of the plot’s senior leadership were with the FBI. According to Revolver News, the FBI and DOJ went to great lengths to conceal the fact that the man who organized an initial June 6, 2020, meeting in Ohio, where the entire Michigan plot was said to be hatched, was an FBI informant.
The leader of the FBI field office in Detroit, who oversaw the Whitmer investigation, received a promotion to the Washington office not long after. FBI field office chief Steven D’Antuono, who headed the investigation, is now in charge of all January 6th cases.
A lawyer for an alleged bombmaker charged in the Whitmer case raised questions last Sunday about whether the FBI is trying to sabotage the defense ahead of trial. A recording was recently released in which lead investigator FBI special agent Henrik Impola discussed creating “utter disarray and chaos” for defense lawyers, whom he labeled as “paid liars” whose jobs are to “take the truth and portray it in a different sense.”
“In accordance with FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time,” FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said in a statement regarding Trask.
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