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Gretchen Whitmer and the FBI
Bill Crews 7/21/2021 10:00 PM

There have been some really interesting developments in the case of six men awaiting trial in federal court for their role in an alleged clown-car plot to kidnap Michigan Gauleiter…sorry, I mean Governor…Gretchen Whitmer.

As a bit of background, fourteen men were arrested by the FBI on October 7 of last year. It was one of those classic cases of a group of blowhards talking smack until some guy volunteers he has a guy that can make it all happen. Naturally, “some guy” is an FBI informant and the “guy that can make it all happen” is an undercover FBI agent.

For a while it was press releases and high-fives all around as at least seven FBI offices enthusiastically jerked one another off about the danger to society they had prevented. 

Unfortunately, the defendants seem to have competent counsel and though the FBI may win this case, there won’t be any promotions handed out or movies made.

Unlike a usual case where informants and undercover agents may be straphangers in a conspiracy, perhaps smoothing out a few obstacles to the conspirators along the way, the Whitmer case is different.

The second-in-command of the “militia” group was an FBI informant. He was actively involved in the planning, the rehearsal, and the motivation of the “plotters.” In fact, it was this informant who steered what was bullshit session into an active plot to kidnap Whitmer. At least two more informants were actively involved in the planning. The guy who advised the group on where to place explosives to demolish a rural bridge and delay police response to the planned kidnapping of Whitmer and volunteered to procure the explosives was an FBI agent.

As the case heats up, it seems like the FBI is pulling out all the stops to sandbag the defense. This is via The Detroit News.

[Defense Attorney Josh] Blanchard cited an audio recording of Impola and an unidentified informant who described being afraid of his identity being made public. The recording was made in December during an apparent strategy session, Blanchard wrote.

"Having done this with a lot of sources, we can cloud the water," Impola told the informant. "And it can be completely — we can send everybody into disarray and chaos where the last thing they’re worried about is (the informant's name)."

It was unclear how defense lawyers obtained the audio and whether it was provided by the government along with evidence collected during the investigation.

In another excerpt Sunday, the FBI agent was quoted saying the “best chance is to create utter confusion and chaos” and also told the informant defense lawyers involved in the case were "paid liars" whose job was to “take the truth and portray it in a different sense."

An FBI spokeswoman could not be reached immediately for comment Sunday.

There is no indication the agent's intention to create "chaos and disarray" is shared by federal prosecutors, Blanchard wrote.

"However, it appears that his behavior has infected the discovery produced by the government as demonstrated by the disorganized and highly duplicative way it was produced," Blanchard wrote.

He pointed to certain files being shared with defense lawyers 16 times.

"One 40-minute audio recording was produced 15 times with 15 different file names," Blanchard wrote.

Think about that for a moment. Someone in the FBI is leaking FBI conversations to the defense.

Going along this free-wheeling, the-law-be-damned attitude, the prosecutor for the state cases in the Whitmer plot has been reassigned because he was found to have given jailhouse informants reduced sentences to testify against a man he was prosecuting and never disclosed those deals to the court.

Topping it all off, the lead FBI agent on the case, a guy named Richard Trask, has a lot of legal problems all his own.

An FBI agent at the center of the plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is accused of jumping on his wife in bed and smashing her head against a nightstand after a dispute stemming from a swingers’ party, according to court records.

Special Agent Richard Trask, 39, of Kalamazoo, was charged Monday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, less than murder following an incident Sunday.

An affidavit filed by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office in Kalamazoo County District Court said Trask’s wife had bloody lacerations to the right side of her head and “blood all over chest, clothing arms and hand,” as well as “severe” bruising to her neck and throat.

He's been suspended from duty, he can no longer carry a firearm, and he’s facing up to 10 years in prison. Let me rephrase that. You or I would be facing up to 10 years in prison, he’ll probably be back at work next week with a bonus because the rules don’t apply to everyone.

There is also the interesting factoid that Trask actually runs a gym on the side which would seem to indicate his schedule is not terribly demanding.

I’d have to defer to my colleague Shipwreckedcrew for analysis on the strength of the case, but as a layman, I can say that even if this does not meet the legal definition of entrapment, these guys were drawn into a plot by agents of the US government. It is a lick on them that they went along with this hare-brained scheme, but we should not want our law enforcement doing this kind of bullshit.

Get ready for more cases like this.

Joe Biden has made stomping out violent domestic extremism his signature project. If no such activity exists…and I think the evidence is pretty clear that outside of Antifa there is damned little…then you have to create it so you can arrest people and make your boss look good. 


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Bill Crews
Bill Crews, AKA "Streiff" is a former infantry officer, CGSC grad and Army Operations Center alumnus. Bill is also the former Managing Editor at Red State, who although still continues to provide that great publication with stellar content, has graciously offered his time and effort to help grow this site.

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