A key FBI agent working on an investigation into a plot to kidnap and assassinate the Governor of Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has been charged with brutally assaulting his wife after the couple attended a party where partners invited each other to have sex with friends or strangers.
Authorities believe the victim escaped the beating with bloody cuts to the right side of her head as well as “blood all over her chest, arms and hands”, and “severe” bruises. on the neck and throat.
FBI agent Richard Trask, 39, was charged with assault with less intent to cause bodily harm than murder, according to Kalamazoo County Court records reviewed by Law & Crime.
The alleged victim told police her husband – who she said drank several times at the party – jumped on top of her in their bed and “then grabbed the side of her head.” and hit it several times on the nightstand,” as she tried to get away from him.
According to the affidavit, Trask’s wife initially grabbed his beard to get free but he began strangling her neck and throat in response to that defensive attempt. According to investigators, the struggle finally ended when she grabbed her husband’s testicles.
Trask then allegedly left their home in his wife’s car, the affidavit alleges. The wanted FBI agent was later arrested by representatives of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff in a supermarket parking lot in the town of Oshtemo, Mich. – the same town where this couple lives.
The affidavit states Trask refused to provide police with any statements about the incident after his arrest. An attorney has yet to be named or noted in the case. FBI agents face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
“According to FBI policy, this matter will be reviewed internally and I cannot comment further at this time,” an FBI spokesman said. Mara Schneider said in a statement.
The embarrassing episode comes at a critical time for many federal and state defendants in the alleged kidnapping plot – like a recent BuzzFeed News exhibit revealed that the FBI was aware of the anti-Whitmer effort so far and had been involved in activity that a defendant accused of defrauding.
However, a plea is a stated defense and is rarely successful in domestic terrorism cases – although such defenses are sometimes profitable for the accused.
A defense attorney working on the case claims that the government knowingly withheld potentially truncated evidence about breaking the law.
One legal expert noted that the Trask case could be handled by multiple defense attorneys representing 13 of the 14 defendants who pleaded not guilty.
“That’s the last thing you want for a big case like this,” Andrew Arena, former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office, told Detroit News. “Anytime you give the defense any ammunition, it’s no good.”
Trask has worked for the FBI since 2011 and is the author of original federal criminal complaint filed against the alleged kidnappers. His employment status with the nation’s largest law enforcement agency is currently unclear.
[image via Kalamazoo County Jail]
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