Raise your hand if you saw this one coming: A senior FBI spook who helped to spread the hoax against Donald Trump for Russia collusion… has been arrested for Russia collusion. Charles McGonigal is a former FBI counterintelligence official from New York. McGonigal was arrested and has been charged this week with money laundering and violating US sanctions by working for a Russian mobster. This is just more proof that everything they accuse Donald Trump of doing, is always exactly what THEY are doing. How’s that search for Kid-Sniffer Biden’s stolen Top Secret documents going, by the way?
McGonigal ran the FBI’s New York City counterintelligence office until 2018. He also happened to be in Washington, DC in 2016 with his fellow FBI counterintelligence friend and wife cheater Peter Strzok who was working with Obama, Biden, James Comey and the Hillary Clinton campaign to fabricate the Russia hoax. McGonigal was one of the first ones to “pick up some chatter” from the Russians that they were colluding with Donald Trump.
I still pause every once in a while, and marvel about super-spy Peter Strzok. Here’s one of the top spies in the FBI who was literally committing treason in 2016 by trying to thwart the lawful election of Donald Trump. And he texts his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, about the whole plan! Trump is truly blessed with the stupidest enemies in many cases.
This story is about McGonigal is a complicated mess, like much of the Russia hoax stuff. The Russian mobster that McGonigal is accused of working for and taking cash from is Oleg Deripaska. McGonigal, because of his position as the head of FBI counterintelligence in New York, had to have known that Deripaska was on the US sanctions list since Russia invaded Crimea back in 2014.
A former Soviet diplomat who works as an agent for Deripaska is the one who originally reached out to McGonigal to ask him to work for the mobster, according to the indictment. We’ll just call that guy the Agent, so we can keep track of him. The Agent’s name is never mentioned, and it’s hard enough to keep track of all these Russkies as it is. The Agent is also rumored to be a Russian intelligence officer.
McGonigal was asked by the Agent if he could get the Agent’s daughter a cushy job at the NYPD. The indictment says that not only did McGonigal get the daughter a job at the NYPD, but that she was given “VIP treatment.”
The indictment goes on to detail how McGonigal kept doing “favors” for Deripaska, even after he left the FBI in late 2018. McGonigal traveled to Europe multiple times in 2019 to do more favors for the mobster, while the Russians paid McGonigal through a cutaway back in New York. This hid the fact that McGonigal was (allegedly) taking cash directly from a Russian mobster who was on the US sanctions list.
Deripaska was actively trying to get himself taken off the US sanctions list, and that’s part of why he hired McGonigal. The former FBI agent was hired as a “consultant” to a US law firm that was fighting to get Deripaska’s sanctions removed.
The plan to get the mobster de-listed was interrupted by the pandemic in 2020, but things started up again in 2021. McGonigal received a payment of $51,280 in August of 2021, and was then being paid a monthly “consultant fee” of $41,790 in the months after that. This cash was allegedly coming from the Russian mobster to cutaways in the US (who were presumably taking their own cut before passing the remainder on to McGonigal).
McGonigal is facing four counts: conspiracy to evade US sanctions, money laundering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to do business with sanctioned individuals. He faces 80 years in prison if convicted on all charges. McGonigal was released on a $500,000 bond on Monday morning, so he’s already walking around. In other words, a guy who colluded with a Russian mobster for cash is being treated better than the January 6ers.
Trump had a simple response to the Russia hoaxer McGonigal’s arrest on Truth Social:
“May he Rot in Hell!”
Amen to that. Maybe we will start to see some justice in the Russia collusion hoax eventually. Just not in the way that we had hoped.