According to court records, an FBI agent at the center of an investigation into the kidnapping and murder plot of Gretchen Whitmer was accused of smothering his wife’s head against a nightstand and strangling her after a brawl stemmed from her appearance at a swingers party. There is an allegation. .
Special Agent Richard Trask, 39, of Kalamazoo, was charged Monday with assault with intent to cause bodily harm, short of murder, after the alleged incident.
An affidavit filed by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office in Kalamazoo County District Court stated that Trask’s wife had bloody wounds on the right side of her head and “blood all over her chest, clothing arms and hands” as well as on her neck. There was a “serious” injury and the throat.
According to the affidavit, she told police that she and her husband had taken S.O. in Oshtemo Township, west of Kalamazoo. Had several drinks at a swingers party held at a hotel in the 2700 block of 11th Street. He said that he did not like the party and they argued about it on the way home.
According to the affidavit, once they got home, Trask climbed up on her on his bed and “then grabbed the side of her head and broke it several times during the night.”
According to the affidavit, he attempted to grab his beard to free himself, and he began to press her throat and throat with both hands. She eventually grabbed Trask’s testicles, ending the dispute, the document notes, and Trask left the Oshtemo Township home in his vehicle.
Trask, who was tracked in the parking lot of a supermarket on Main Street in Oshtemo Township, declined to give a statement about the incident after reading his Miranda rights, according to the affidavit.
Trask, 39, has worked for the FBI since 2011 and served as the public face of the FBI in the Whitmer case, testifying in federal court about the investigation. He has worked on cases related to espionage, terrorism and domestic extremism investigations.
The FBI declined to comment on Wednesday. FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said Monday that the bureau is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office. Trusk’s job status was unclear.
“Per FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time,” she said in a statement.
Trask was released on a $10,000 personal identification bond after appearing in 8th District Court in Kalamazoo and is facing a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Under the terms of his confinement, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
In addition to his FBI duties, Trask opened a gym at his rural property in Oshtemo Township near Kalamazoo and provides CrossFit training, according to social media posts and state business filings. He filed state paperwork for BCB Health & Wellness last year and maintains an active Instagram account, which featured him exercising, flexing and posing shirtless.
Trask’s arrest comes at a turning point in the criminal case against five men charged in federal court for plotting to kidnap Whitmer. Defense lawyers last week launched a sweeping attack on the foundation of the high-profile case and suggested a second FBI agent was trying to sabotage defense teams.
“It’s the last thing you want for a big case like this,” said Andrew Arena, a former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office. “It’s no good whenever you give the defense any ammunition.”
The internal review will include an FBI internal affairs investigation, Arena said.
“Depending on the severity, it could be a suspension until things are ironed one way or another,” Arena said.
Trask was arrested a week after defense lawyers provided a clear view of the plan to attack the kidnapping conspiracy case.
Court filings revealed a defense strategy that involved suppressing evidence, attacking the work of FBI agents, and FBI informants claiming to have implicated the men accused in the conspiracy. The five men await an October trial in federal court in Grand Rapids, although a defendant has asked U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker to move the trial from Michigan, saying media conduct and coverage “potentially contaminates the testing environment.” Have given.”
Arrests are another potential problem in the case in recent months.
In March, prosecutors charged an informer who sources say helped the FBI infiltrate the alleged conspiracy, a rare legal development. Legal experts said the indictment of Wisconsin resident Stephen Robson, after prolonged cooperation, shows that the relationship between Robson and the FBI has been destroyed and prosecutors do not plan to use him in the trial.
But defense attorneys may try to call him as a witness and attack Robson’s credibility.
Trask testified in federal court in January against Delaware resident Barry Croft, an accused conspirator who has been portrayed as the group’s bomb maker. Trask identified Croft as the national leader of the 3 Percent, a small militia that participated in the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol.
During the court hearing, Trask helped provide context regarding several secret recordings that involved Croft. At the time, prosecutors wanted Croft to be held unharmed, saying he was a violent extremist.
Defense lawyers portray their clients as tough talkers who were exercising their First Amendment rights who never carried out a kidnapping plot.