The FBI supervisor is chagerd with taking money from a Russian oligarch (and others?) , that the Biden admin. has hit with sanctions….
This is case that HAS to be giving intel people headaches…….
One would assume there is gonna be a LOT of back tracking this guys actions and contacts….
A former high-level F.B.I. official has been indicted on charges that he conspired to violate U.S. sanctions on Russia by taking secret payments from a Russian oligarch, Oleg V. Deripaska, in return for investigating a rival oligarch, the authorities said on Monday.
The former official, Charles McGonigal, who had been the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s counterintelligence division in New York before he retired in 2018, had supervised and participated in investigations of Russian oligarchs, including Mr. Deripaska, the government said.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Mr. McGonigal, 54, violated U.S. sanctions by agreeing to help Mr. Deripaska, who himself was indicted last year on sanctions charges….
The indictment unsealed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday charges the former F.B.I. official, Mr. McGonigal, with one count of violating U.S. sanctions, one count of money laundering and two conspiracy counts.
Mr. McGonigal’s lawyer, Seth D. DuCharme, said his client intends to plead not guilty at his appearance in federal court in Manhattan on Monday….
Mr. McGonigal’s arrest shocked former colleagues who worked closely with him. They said he primarily investigated Russian counterintelligence and espionage during his lengthy career with the F.B.I. Mr. McGonigal also took on extremely sensitive assignments in the intelligence community, leading an F.B.I. team that investigated why C.I.A. informants in China were being arrested and killed….
This is NOT the first time this sort of thing has happened to the FBI and the US Intel community…..