Top FBI Agent Thrown In Prison

( – Treason to the United States of America will not be tolerated in any way imaginable, and former FBI counterintelligence chief is living proof of this as he has been sentenced to just over four years in prison for his involvement with a sanctioned Russian oligarch after leaving the bureau in 2019.

This development follows Charles McGonigal, former FBI agent, and his conviction in August for conspiring with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire closely linked to President Vladimir Putin.

McGonigal, who served 22 years in the FBI’s New York field office, was found guilty of continuing communications and establishing business ties with Deripaska, despite having access to classified information about Deripaska’s designation as a Russian oligarch with Kremlin connections. This violated his legal obligation to disclose relationships with foreign officials to the FBI.

During the sentencing, Judge Jennifer Rearden emphasized the severity of McGonigal’s actions, stating they undermined vital American security interests. Rearden highlighted the need for a “meaningful custodial sentence” to uphold respect for the law.

McGonigal expressed deep regret at the hearing, acknowledging the gravity of his felony and the personal and professional toll it had taken on him. “I’m humbly asking for a second chance,” he said, acknowledging the shame and embarrassment brought to himself and the FBI.
The prosecution, however, argued for a harsher penalty, with prosecutor Hagan Scotten asserting that greed motivated McGonigal’s actions, constituting a betrayal of trust. They urged for a maximum sentence of five years.

McGonigal’s involvement in the Trump-Russia investigation was significant. He was among the first FBI officials informed about George Papadopoulos’s knowledge of Russia’s possession of Hillary Clinton’s emails. His report to the FBI in July 2016 was crucial in triggering the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. This investigation, which lasted 22 months and cost over $30 million, did not find sufficient evidence to charge then-President Trump with collusion with Russia.

McGonigal, who pleaded not guilty to the charges in January and was released on a $500,000 bond, is expected to surrender to authorities in late February to commence his prison sentence. This case highlights the complexities and ethical challenges within intelligence and law enforcement communities, particularly regarding interactions with foreign entities.