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January 1, Former FBI Head Official Pleads Guilty in Russian Oligarch “Conspiracy”



Charles McGonigal, a former high-ranking FBI official with significant involvement in Russia-centric probes, conceded to violating U.S. sanctions targeting a prominent Russian oligarch.

McGonigal, 55, who once helmed the New York FBI Counterintelligence Division, officially confessed in a New York court on Tuesday to one count of conspiring against the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and to money laundering.

Contrary to his prior plea of not guilty in this matter, McGonigal voiced his deep regret during the trial and fully acknowledged his misjudgments.

He asserted that his endeavors were never meant to harm the U.S., the FBI, or those close to him.

The conviction pertains to an incident from 2021 where McGonigal consented to render services to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch previously under his investigative scope.

McGonigal’s service involved researching a competing Russian oligarch on Deripaska’s behalf, reciprocated with clandestine payments, as per the Department of Justice’s briefing.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams remarked, “Charles McGonigal, after holding a prominent position in the FBI overseeing investigations of Russian oligarchs, has now come clean about his intent to bypass U.S. sanctions by assisting one of the very oligarchs, Oleg Deripaska.”

Williams reiterated the department’s commitment to holding accountable those capitalizing financially from U.S. sanctions breaches.

In 2018, the Treasury Department had rolled out sanctions against Deripaska and affiliated companies as a countermeasure against Russia’s global malevolent activities.

Additionally, in the previous year, the Department of Justice unmasked an indictment accusing Deripaska and other associates of flouting U.S. sanctions, a move triggered by Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine.

McGonigal faced arrest this past January at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, post his international journey. He initially refuted the allegations in the New York lawsuit.

Additionally, in Washington, D.C., he declined guilt accusations of hiding $225,000 from an Albanian intelligence asset-turned-FBI informant.

Seth DuCharme, representing McGonigal, hinted in a recent D.C. update call that there’s a plausible chance the case might conclude without advancing to trial, as mentioned in a CNN coverage.

The judge has arranged a hearing on this matter for September 13.

With his guilty admittance in New York, McGonigal could potentially face incarceration for up to five years.

The sentencing verdict is slated for December 14.

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  1. Rocco

    August 17, 2023 at 7:02 am

    When Trump decided to run, they started the Hillary/Obama/McConnell Russia dossier training at the uniparty’s FBI. It seems this trainee got caught going rogue. It is like teaching a great worker to cook in your restaurant, soon he has his own restaurant, and he is taking your customers.

  2. BILL

    August 17, 2023 at 11:34 am

    It’s not surprising that another FBI member is corrupt because most of our government has been compromised because of the 2020 election

  3. Rick Love

    August 17, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Most of our federal government became compromised in support of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The FBI, especially Comey, Strzok, and Page, were notoriously involved in the plot to push Russian Collusion and the Steele Dossier, but let’s not leave out Brennen, Clapper, Obama, Biden, Rice, and others who were present in a secret Oval Office meeting Jan 4th, 2017 weeks before Trump’s inauguration. It was in this meeting that they decided how to best support the Russian collusion that they knew was a scam. We’ve seen the notes of the meeting. Biden:” maybe we could use the Logan Act”… Obama: “Put the right people on it”. This was the beginnings of the Mueller Investigation which the media gleefully pushed for 2 years of Trump’s term in office. Meanwhile, Fauci appeared as a featured speaker at Georgetown University 3 weeks before Trump’s inauguration, he and spoke to the pharmaceutical industry about a worldwide pandemic that would likely originate in a Chinese lab (hard to believe but I’ve seen the video of the speech) and encouraging his guests to work on a vaccine. Of course, as we now know, Fauci was administering millions of US dollars in the Wuhan Clinic as they worked on gain of function research, something he denied for the past several years.

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