Feds monitoring ex-FBI agent Charles McGonigal’s Russian ties: report

A former senior New York FBI official who helped spark the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged 2016 ties to Russia has himself “come under intense scrutiny” by federal prosecutors for its own ties to the Kremlin and other foreign governments, according to a report Thursday.

A federal grand jury convened in 2021 could examine former FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGonigal’s apparent ties to a senior Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Insider reported, citing a subpoena document from the grand leaked jury.

McGonigal, who retired from the office in 2018, headed the FBI’s counterintelligence division in New York and also served as chief of the cyber-counterintelligence section in Washington, according to his LinkedIn page.

In his role at agency headquarters, he was one of the first G-men to learn that a Trump campaign official claimed the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, helping spark the sprawling collusion investigation, Insider reported.

Charles McGonigal was a Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office Counterintelligence Division under James Comey.

Deripaska, a Russian billionaire linked to the country’s President Vladimir Putin, played a pivotal role in the investigation, which consumed much of Trump’s tenure, Insider reported.

The November 2021 document obtained by Insider requests records and communications related to Spectrum Risk Solutions, a consulting firm. McGonigal helped another person “facilitate” an introduction between the company and Deripaska’s aide, according to the report.

The grand jury document also asks for communications the unnamed subject of the subpoena had with McGonigal regarding other foreign countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania.

Oleg Deripaska
Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska speaks to media representatives during a news conference in Moscow on June 28, 2022.
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The document calls for subpoena inquiries to be directed to an FBI agent in Los Angeles, according to the report.

It does not indicate whether McGonigal is the target of a grand jury investigation or whether his actions are part of an FBI investigation into someone else.

McGonigal, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing, did not return a request for comment. He most recently worked as senior vice president for security at a multibillion-dollar real estate firm in New York City, but a company spokesperson told Insider he left that role in January of this year. year.

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