You cannot make this stuff up…
A former FBI agent who was in charge of the Trump-Russia probe has been arrested for having his own ties to a Russian oligarch.
Former FBI counterintelligence agent Charles McGonigal is being charged with violating U.S. sanctions for providing services for “Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch.”
McGonigal was one of the central figures in the Russia-Trump hoax which accused Trump of using Russians to change the outcome of the 2016 election.
Now it all makes sense.
The FBI was investigating a “fake crime” in order to cover up the real one!
🚨 BREAKING: An FBI agent who investigated the Donald Trump Russia collusion has been arrested for colluding with Russia.
You can’t make this stuff up.
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) January 23, 2023
Fox News had more on the story:
A former senior FBI counterintelligence official who spearheaded the Trump-Russia probe was arrested and charged over his own alleged ties to a sanctioned Russian oligarch amid the war in Ukraine.
Charles McGonigal, the former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division in New York who retired in 2018, is 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.
McGonigal and Shestakov both were arrested Saturday. The indictment is a rare move by federal prosecutors to bring charges against a former senior FBI official before a federal grand jury.
Though not referenced in or related to the indictment, McGonigal, while serving as chief of the cybercrimes section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., 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, Business Insider previously reported.
I’m just going to repeat this for the people in back
An FBI official who investigated Trump for illegal ties to Russia but found none has just been arrested for his own illegal ties to Russia
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 23, 2023
BREAKING: FBI official who investigated Trump ties to Russia arrested for illegal ties to Russian oligarch.
This is why I say the FBI needs to be dismantled.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 23, 2023
Here’s what ABC News reported:
A former top FBI official in New York has been arrested over his ties to a Russian oligarch, law enforcement sources told ABC News Monday.
Charles McGonigal, who was the special agent in charge of counterintelligence in the FBI’s New York Field Office, is under arrest over his ties to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who has been sanctioned by the United States and criminally charged last year with violating those sanctions.
McGonigal retired from the FBI in 2018. He was arrested Saturday afternoon after he arrived at JFK Airport following travel in Sri Lanka, the sources said.