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There were six men arrested on October 8, 2020, accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and turn her over in Wisconsin to face treason charges. Five of the men reside in Michigan, and one is from Delaware.
With no evidence to support her vile claim, Governor Whitmer attempted to connect the group of men accused of plotting to kidnap her with President Trump and white supremacy during an interview with Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press.
Within a short time after their arrest, public information was released about some of the men involved in the “kidnapping plot,” which revealed they were anti-police, anti-government, and anti-Trump radicals, who were more aligned with the Marxist BLM movement and the violent anti-Trump group Antifa than with Trump.
The first time the story broke about the alleged kidnapping plot, Michigan’s governor was auditioning to be Biden’s running mate while losing support among Michigan residents for her handling of the COVID pandemic, which included tyrannical lockdowns and the placement of COVID positive patients into nursing homes.
Since the arrests of the six suspects, quite a bit has been revealed about the FBI agents involved in the alleged kidnapping plot.
Information on the extent of the FBI’s involvement has led to questions about whether a conspiracy against the Democratic governor would even have taken place without its assistance.
In one instance, a government informant in Wisconsin organized meetings across the country with extremists. They were said to have laid the groundwork for the plot’s multiple components. Yahoo News reported that the informant also paid for hotel rooms and food to entice people to come.
Another informant, an Iraq War veteran, became the second in command after rising through the ranks of the militant group. In addition, he encouraged members to collaborate with other suspects and even offered to pay for travel to and from meetings. As well as urging the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping plot to carry it out, he is accused of setting his trap for the alleged mastermind to be arrested.
According to defense lawyers, a crooked FBI agent orchestrated the Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot so he could steer money into his own side business that he was running at the same time as orchestrating the plan.
The rogue FBI agent wasn’t the only one on the case, they say.
In addition, there’s a convicted wife-beater who was removed from the case after allegations he assaulted his wife after a swingers party. According to them, a third FBI agent perjured himself in an unrelated case, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
The convicted wife-beater FBI agent is Richard Trask, who openly states his hatred for Trump and Trump supporters, who was fired after he was arrested for assaulting his wife following a swingers ball.
Sheriffs in Michigan arrested Richard Trask, the lead FBI agent in the alleged kidnapping plot of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, on December 19.
According to a local news video, FBI Agent Trask’s wife made a terrifying 911 call on July 18th. Trask’s wife says he assaulted her after returning from a swinger’s party at a hotel and attempted to strangle her several times. The wife of Trask admitted to law enforcement that she attended the swinger’s party against her will.
During the video, the Sherriff’s Department describes the danger Trask posed to the officers as they attempted to locate him after his wife reported him for domestic abuse.
A reporter describes how Trask, who was investigating the kidnapping plot at the time, had been posting hateful messages to President Donald Trump and his supporters on March 28, 2020.
Media outlets worked very hard to prove the alleged suspects were Trump supporters when the alleged kidnapping plot was revealed. We can imagine Trask hated Trump supporters so much that he would set them up in a fake scheme in order to make Whitmer look like a victim, while the dishonest media twisted the story to falsely link President Trump to “extreme right-wing terrorists.”
Undercover investigators, says Greg Rogers, a retired FBI agent who spent two decades investigating cases of domestic terrorism, usually begin their investigation with an informant, who can gain the trust of the group, and then send in undercover agents. Informants are often vetted based on their online identities, which are hard to fake in this era of social media, he said in a report.
The report added that informants often cooperate with the government because they have run afoul of the law and hope to get their charges dropped, to have their sentences reduced, or to win other favors with prosecutors. There are also those in it for the money; a longtime federal informant is alleged to have collected nearly $5 million in government payments over the past two decades. In fact, it’s rare that the FBI recruits informants.
It is illegal to convince people who have no intention of committing crimes to do so through entrapment, and it is strongly discouraged by law enforcement. Agents and informants are instead supposed to passively collect evidence of illegal activity against people who are already prone to doing so, acting as only the eyes and ears of the prosecution.
Nonetheless, confidential informants enjoy a great deal of freedom when it comes to getting information. Jesse Norris, a professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Fredonia, found that informants in recent decades have badgered suspects into committing crimes, paid them large sums of money for doing so, and even threatened them with harm if they refused to do so. The prosecution did not drop a case in any of those instances.
Except for one defendant, all of the original 14 defendants have pleaded not guilty. Their argument is that they are targets of the government for their political beliefs. Moreover, the government is alleged to have waged a campaign against them in order to undermine the Patriot movement, an ideology that pledges loyalty to the Second Amendment and believes that the government has violated the U.S. Constitution, therefore it is unconstitutional in and of itself. Moreover, they charge that the government may have engaged in criminal conspiracy and entrapment.
The Russia hoax was the first thing to cast considerable doubt on the ability of individuals such as former FBI Director James Comey and FBI agent Peter Strzok to carry out their jobs without going after their political opponents. Currently, there is a question mark hanging over the motives of FBI agents in the Whitmer case, as well as the agents and informants in the January 6th “insurrection.”