US: Ex-FBI counterintelligence agent aided Russian oligarch

Charles McGonigal, former special agent in charge of the FBI’s counterintelligence division in New York, leaves court on Monday in New York. The former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official has been indicted on charges he helped a Russian oligarch, in violation of U.S. sanctions.

NEW YORK (AP) — A former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official who investigated Russian oligarchs has been indicted on charges he secretly worked for one, in violation of U.S. sanctions. The official was also charged, in a separate indictment, with taking cash from a former foreign security officer.

Charles McGonigal, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s counterintelligence division in New York from 2016 to 2018, is accused in an indictment unsealed Monday of working with a former Soviet diplomat-turned-Russian interpreter on behalf of Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire they purportedly referred to in code as “the big guy” and “the client.”

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Judd Grossman

First paragraph of Newsweek story: "Aformer FBI official with ties to the investigation into Russia's alleged links to Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign has been charged with providing services to a sanctioned Russian oligarch."

AP only mentions Trump in connection with the classified documents hoax.

AP is biased.

The important part of this story is that an FBI agent who falsely targeted Trump was perhaps himself a Russian agent. The FBI is hopelessly corrupt. As is the AP.

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