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Ex-FBI agent from Olathe is involved in Trump’s ‘mercenary’ protection force, Politico reports

Don Albracht, head of Trump’s private protester intelligence team, captured on video amid protesters the night before Trump’s Janesville, Wisc., rally. (Courtesy Brenda Konkel) Note: Permission granted to Politico to screen grab and publish frames from video.
Don Albracht, head of Trump’s private protester intelligence team, captured on video amid protesters the night before Trump’s Janesville, Wisc., rally. (Courtesy Brenda Konkel) Note: Permission granted to Politico to screen grab and publish frames from video. Brenda Konkel/Politico

A former FBI agent from Olathe is a member of a “privately funded security and intelligence force” assembled to protect presidential candidate Donald Trump, Politico says.

The website says Donald Albracht is heavily involved in policing attendance at Trump events. Albracht has directed Secret Service protection for the candidate, videotaped protesters, and at a recent event “spent hours patrolling a line of several thousand people snaking around the hotel parking lot … Several people deemed suspicious-looking were pulled out of the line and told they weren’t welcome.”

Politico says a company called ASIT Consulting has been paid $27,246 by the Trump campaign through the end of 2015. Kansas business records show Albracht is the registered agent for the company, based in Olathe.

The story includes a photograph of Albracht interacting with protesters at a Trump event.

“ASIT Consulting, established in 2012, offers professional security services, executive protection, private investigation, tactical firearms training, concealed carry training, and personal protection consultation to clients who want to take advantage of the knowledge, training and experience gleaned from a lengthy career as an FBI Special Agent,” Albracht’s LinkedIn page says.

“For over 28 years, my experience spanned investigations, tactical operations, and training. Throughout assignments as a ‘street Agent’ in the San Diego, New York, and Kansas City Offices of the FBI, I had an opportunity to investigate a broad spectrum of federal violations that resulted in the conviction and incarceration of numerous violent criminals. My duties included FBI SWAT Team Leader, Violent Crime Task Force Coordinator, Principal Tactical Instructor and Firearms Instructor.”

The LinkedIn page also says Albracht is connected with Centerfire Shooting Sports, an Olathe-based shooting range.

The POLITICO story says Albracht is part of a “mercenary force” protecting Trump, weeding out potential security threats. He has allegedly ripped signs from protesters, and critics claim, has attempted to “escalate” confrontations at events for the candidates. One critic said ripping signs from protesters could be illegal.

Trump’s security has been a subject of scrutiny during the campaign. His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, faces a battery charge for allegedly grabbing the arm of a reporter following a Trump appearance.

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