A top member of the FBI is in trouble that could possibly put him in prison.
The serious allegations against him are astonishing.
A top FBI official who aimed to destroy Donald Trump has shocking Russian ties.
A former New York FBI agent who played a key part in triggering the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia has “come under scrutiny” by federal prosecutors over his alleged ties to Russia and other foreign governments.
A secret grand jury examined the conduct of Charles McGonigal, the former head of counterintelligence at the FBI field office in New York City, according to documents obtained by Insider.
Prosecutors are examining the alleged contact between McGonigal and a top aide to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Deripaska was sanctioned by the Treasury Department in 2018 for acting on behalf of the Russian government, is close to Putin and in addition has been accused of ordering the murder of a businessman.
It is unknown if the grand jury is still convened for another individual as the documents reviewed by Insider did not indicate that McGonigal had broken the law.
The grand jury document also had subpoenaed documents that an unnamed subject had with McGonigal regarding other foreign countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania.
“If McGonigal is mixed up in any way shape or form with Deripaska, that strikes me as unseemly, to put it politely,” Tim Weiner, who wrote “Enemies: A History of the FBI,” told Insider.
McGonigal was one of the first FBI officials to hear allegations that a Trump campaign official mentioned to an Australian diplomat that the Russians had blackmail against then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
McGonigal was also working as head of counterintelligence in D.C. when the Bureau became aware of the now discredited Steele dossier and he was influential in launching the FBI operation Crossfire Hurricane into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
It was also revealed that Igor Danchenko, the Russian operative who was allegedly the key source for the discredited Steele dossier, was on the FBI’s payroll despite prior concerns he was an agent of Moscow.
“In March 2017, the FBI signed the defendant up as a paid confidential human source of the FBI,” Special Counsel John Durham wrote in the newly unsealed court filing. “The FBI terminated its source relationship with the defendant in October 2020. As alleged in further detail below, the defendant lied to FBI agents during several of these interviews.”
The FBI was well aware that Danchenko has ties to Russian intelligence as the FBI had themselves conducted a counterintelligence probe of Danchenko during the Obama administration.
Danchenko is facing federal charges of lying to the FBI.