Russia Collusion Investigator Gets Four Years For Colluding With Russian 

Daily Report December 15,2023

A judge has sentenced A former top FBI counterintelligence official to four years in prison for working with a Russian in violation of the sanctions placed on Russia.

According to The Washington Post, Charles McGonigal, 55, worked for a Russian oligarch seeking dirt on a wealthy rival after he finished his government career. Investigators identified the Russian oligarch as billionaire industrialist Oleg Deripaska, a person McGonigal once investigated when he was with the FBI.

According to WaPo, the notorious Russian oligarch has been under U.S. sanctions since 2018 for reasons related to Russia’s occupation of Crimea.

Prosecutors described the former FBI agent as a greedy money-grabber who leveraged the knowledge he gained during his time with the FBI. Prosecutors said McGonigal was also trying to help Deripaskaget out of the sanctions list and was negotiating a fee of $650,000 to $3 million to find electronic files revealing hidden assets of $500 million belonging to the oligarch’s business rival.

McGonigal, in August, pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to launder money and violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. During his plea hearing, Deripaska told the judge that he accepted over $17,000 to help Deripaska collect derogatory information about another Russian oligarch who was a business competitor.

McGonigal lawyer, Seth DuCharme, had urged the judge to refrain from placing his client behind bars, citing McGonigal’s career achievements.

McGonigal also told the judge during his sentencing hearing that he had a deep sense of remorse and was sorry for his actions.

“I recognize more than ever that I’ve betrayed the confidence and trust of those close to me,” McGonigal said. “For the rest of my life, I will be fighting to regain that trust.”

However, Judge Jennifer H. Rearden handed McGonigal four years and two months jail term. The judge also fined McGonigal $40,000 and ordered him to forfeit $17,500.

“Charles McGonigal violated the trust his country placed in him by using his high-level position at the FBI to prepare for his future in business. Once he left public service, he jeopardized our national security by providing services to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian tycoon who acts as Vladimir Putin’s agent,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said following McGonigal’s sentencing.

McGonigal was involved in the Crossfire Hurricane probe that alleged former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. McGonigal was also involved in a classified defensive briefing that was given to the attorneys of Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton.

 

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