FBI Official In Trump-Russia Probe Receives Prison Sentence

On Thursday, a former FBI counterintelligence official involved in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation received a four-year prison sentence for accepting payments from a billionaire Russian oligarch who was subject to U.S. sanctions.

Charles McGonigal received a sentence following his guilty plea to felonies in two separate cases. One case centered on his dealings with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

McGonigal was arrested in January after working on high-profile national security cases for the bureau for twenty years. He faced charges for accepting payments from Deripaska in return for conducting investigations against one of Deripaska’s Russian adversaries.

Shortly before his FBI retirement, McGonigal was involved in the investigation into alleged ties between former President Donald Trump and Russia. A special counsel report eventually found the claims to be “technically implausible.” 

In 2017, McGonigal took part in the FBI’s investigation into former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The Washington Free Beacon reported that McGonigal texted a colleague, stating, “Our Team is currently talking to [Carter Page] re Russia.”

According to the report, McGonigal was among the initial FBI officials briefed on claims that George Papadopoulos had conversations with a foreign diplomat about Hillary Clinton’s emails. 

Because of this, the FBI initiated an investigation into the Trump campaign. The investigation remained a recurring issue for the former president during the entirety of his presidency, but ultimately, no one found any evidence of collusion.

In August, McGonigal pleaded guilty, leading federal prosecutors to aim for a five-year sentence for the disgraced former FBI agent. They argued that he used his influential position to cultivate connections that would serve his interests post-bureau, especially in security consulting. 

While McGonigal’s lawyers acknowledged the potential risk his misconduct posed to U.S. national security, they defended him by highlighting his 22-year career in the FBI, during which he made “profoundly important contributions to our government.”

In a different case, McGonigal faces charges of concealing $225,000 allegedly paid by a former Albanian intelligence official while he was employed by the FBI. He is scheduled for sentencing in this case on February 16. That is only ten days before he is due to serve his prison term for the Russian oligarch case.

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  • DW
    March 8, 2024
    Dexter Wilson

    Is it not time to arrest the Congress persons for lying about the Russian collision and also the Senators who signed on? More Especially is it not to arrest the Intelligence officers who signed on to the lie of collusion, they are more responsible for the lie and should never be entrusted with intelligence again. Lying in a federal court case is punishable as a federal crime. They SIGNED A STATEMENT THAT WAS A LIE WHICH WAS USED TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT.

  • G
    June 2, 2024

    Sounds as if they have their fall guy. Well now all investigation can stop. They can take their bow’s for catching the dastardly perpetrator. The only question I have is why would anyone risk a 22 year service and pension for 17K. This stinks. Do they think that we will accept this? No he is getting something more. Just look at his position and the jobs he would have his choice when retired. all for 17K Nothing about putting the nations security at risk. why wasn’t he charged with this? Oh what corruption do they weave, as they practice to deceive,———————I, Grampa

  • G
    June 6, 2024

    It is a sad day when someone who is a veteran of an agency succumbs to the influence of having money and edge for future employment. The money I could understand if it was just to plan for future employment. using the connection to create a false crime for the sole political purpose is nothing more than selling your fellow countryman and country out. Why was there no investigation into who instructed such a plot? Now it sounds like a plan to use a fall guy that provides misdirection away from the real corrupt planners—— I, Grampa

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