By Ben Wetmore | Published August 19, 2022
Former Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods was the first elected official in the state to endorse President Trump in 2016. Two years later U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks of the Western District of Arkansas sentenced Woods to serve 18 years in federal prison, in addition to three years of supervised release and ordered Woods to pay $1.6 million in restitution.
Yesterday, the lead FBI Agent in his case plead guilty to destroying exculpatory evidence that could have proven Woods’ innocence.
“In a plea deal filed Wednesday, a former FBI agent pleaded guilty to paying a business to “wipe” his computer to make the hard drive unavailable for forensic examination.
According to court documents, former agent Robert Cessario was charged with “corrupt destruction of record in an official proceeding” in connection to the corruption trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale.
In the plea deal, Cessario stated: “I erased the contents of the computer hard knowing that the court has ordered that the computer be submitted for a forensic examination. I did so with the intention of making the contents of the computer’s hard unavailable for forensic examination. At the time, I knew that the contents of the hard drive were relevant to an official proceeding, that is, Cause No. 5:17-CR-50010, United States v. Woods et al. I corruptly performed and had performed, the erasures with intent to impair the integrity and availability of the computer hard drive and its contents for use in that official proceeding.”
JON WOODS STILL SITS IN PRISON EVEN THOUGH THE CORRUPT DOJ AND CORRUPT FBI HAVE NOW ADMITTED THEY FRAMED AN INNOCENT MAN BY DESTROYING EVIDENCE.
Woods obtained funds for a Christian school in Arkansas and the government alleged that the donation to the school was a form of fraud because it was collected under false pretenses. The case against Woods was the Department of Justice’s favorite trick: using the word ‘fraud’ to apply to any financial transaction they don’t like.
The Court has known about the illegal destruction of evidence the entire time. Woods’ appeal to the 8th Circuit of Appeals before appellate judges Jane Kelly, an Obama appointee, Michael J. Melloy, a Bush Sr. appointee, and Jonathan A. Kobes, a Trump appointee, case# 18-3057 on October 16, 2020, was denied even though the appellate court knew that the FBI destroyed relevant evidence on purpose.
Here are the details of the FBI trying to destroy relevant evidence in the Woods case:
- Woods’ attorneys realized they were missing critical evidence that would prove Woods’ innocence, and asked the prosecutor to turn over a laptop.
- On November 30, 2017, the lead FBI Special Agent Robert Cessario, was ordered by the Assistant United States Attorney, Aaron Jennen, to deliver his government issued laptop to an FBI forensics examiner in Little Rock named Timothy Whitlock for a forensics examination.
- FBI Criminal Agent Cessario learned of what the examination would entail during a phone conversation with Agent Whitlock on December 1, 2017.
- Agent Cessario then brought his government issued laptop to a local computer store in Bentonville, Arkansas on December 4, 2017, at 11:18am and paid in cash the amount of $59.50 to have it professionally ‘wiped’ meaning to eliminate all the digital files.
- FBI Criminal Agent Cessario then took the laptop home on December 7, 2017 had it ‘wiped’ at least one more time before turning it over as instructed.
- When Criminal Cessario was confronted by FBI Agent Shun Turner, Criminal Cessario asked Turner along with another Agent Whitlock to LIE and NOT report that the laptop had been ‘wiped.’
- Agents Whitlock and Turner did the right thing and reported Criminal Cessario
The Gateway Pundit implored Trump to look at the Jon Woods case two years ago, pointing out he was one of the pro-Trump political prisoners serving unjust sentences at the hands of the lawless Department of Justice.
JON WOODS: PRO-TRUMP AMERICAN POLITICAL PRISONER
Woods is currently being held at FCI Bastrop in east Texas. His current scheduled release date is July 3, 2034.
The Gateway Pundit contacted the FBI’s Press Office and did not hear back.
RINO Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson is involved in the case via his son, Jeremy Hutchinson, who was a State Senator with Woods. Some watching the case suspect that Hutchinson’s strong anti-Trump statements lately are a way to curry favor with the NeverTrump Department of Justice on behalf of his son. One source on the case said, “Asa is kissing DOJ and FBI a** because his son is in trouble, that’s why he’s praising the FBI and going after Trump. Hutchinson’s son was a Christian pro-lifer who cooperated with the corrupt DOJ and it was later revealed he used funds paid to him as an FBI informant to fund his stripper girlfriend’s abortion.”
During this legal ordeal Woods’ wife left him due to the stress of the prosecution/persecution.
WOODS FELLOW INMATE DESCRIBES ABUSE, POWER OF PRAYER
Former Congressman Steve Stockman, who was another pro-Trump political prisoner whose sentence was commuted by President Trump as he was outgoing two days before Christmas on December 23, 2021, served part of his prison sentence with Jon Woods. Stockman said while in prison with Woods, a family friend got a small group of five children to regularly pray and would send homemade cards with positive scripture references. Woods told Stockman that he was regularly being abused by prison guards and Bureau of Prison authorities who would often put him in solitary confinement for no reason, including one eight-month stretch in solitary. When Stockman’s sentence was commuted and released, Stockman asked the child prayer warriors to pray non-stop for Woods.
The Bureau of Prisons has blocked Woods from attending religious services, but the children would call him for 15 minutes at a time and pray with him and sing to him. The prison authorities would confiscate the cards from the Christian kids alleging that they were somehow “transmitting drugs.”
Stockman added: “I know this for a fact, the judiciary ignored him and threw out his appeals, he was thrown in solitary, he was isolated and alone. That’s what the prison system does to inmates: they isolate you and make you feel like nobody cares about you. Without these kids, without their prayers and Jon’s faith in God, he was going through hell on earth and he wouldn’t have made it this far. Those kids’s prayers, and my family’s, are in the process of being answered because these corrupt federal officials are being exposed by the grace of God.”
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