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An absolute bombshell report has just been posted on Fox News.

A former FBI agent that was tied to the Trump-Russia probe has been arrested.

As it turns out, he DOES have ties to a Russian oligarch.

Lock Him Up!

Charles McGonigal is a former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division who retired in 2018.

McGonigal has been arrested on charges of accepting $225,000 in cash from a foreign individual who had business interests in Europe, while serving as the head of FBI counterintelligence efforts in the New York office.

The indictment, unsealed today, states that from August 2017 to his retirement in September 2018, McGonigal concealed his relationship with a former foreign intelligence officer and businessperson, who had ongoing interests abroad, and requested and received at least $225,000 in cash from the individual, while traveling and meeting with foreign nationals. The individual later served as an FBI source in a criminal investigation that McGonigal had official supervisory responsibility over. He is also accused of engaging in conduct in his official capacity as an FBI Special Agent in Charge that he believed would financially benefit the businessperson.

According to the Fox News report, he has been charged with “violating U.S. sanctions by agreeing to provide services to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

“He was charged alongside Sergey Shestakov, a former Soviet and Russian diplomat who later became a U.S. citizen and a Russian interpreter for courts and government offices, through a five-count indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Monday.”

The two men were taken into custody on Saturday.

While McGonigal was not mentioned in the Trump-Russian probe reports, Fox News reported that he “was one of the first bureau officials to learn of allegations that George Papadopoulos, a campaign adviser for former President Donald Trump, boasted that he knew Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, launching the investigation into alleged Russian election interference known as Operation Crossfire Hurricane.”

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams stated, McGonigal, 54, of New York City, and Shestakov, 69, of Morris, Connecticut, “both previously worked with Deripaska to attempt to have his sanctions removed, and, as public servants, they should have known better.

“This Office will continue to prosecute those who violate U.S. sanctions enacted in response to Russian belligerence in Ukraine in order to line their own pockets.”

FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll added, “The FBI is committed to the enforcement of economic sanctions designed to protect the United States and our allies, especially against hostile activities of a foreign government and its actors.

“Russian oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska perform global malign influence on behalf of the Kremlin and are associated with acts of bribery, extortion, and violence.

“After sanctions are imposed, they must be enforced equally against all U.S. citizens in order to be successful.

“There are no exceptions for anyone, including a former FBI official like Mr. McGonigal. Supporting a designated threat to the United States and our allies is a crime the FBI will continue to pursue aggressively.”

McGonigal has been charged with concealing material facts, six counts of making false statements, and two counts of falsification of records and documents. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years and twenty years of imprisonment respectively.

Yet another black mark for the FBI… and this one is a doozy.

Source: Fox News

Source: Anthony Smith at Patriot United News


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