A former senior New York FBI agent who helped spark the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia in 2016 has come under “scrutiny” by federal prosecutors over his own ties to the Kremlin and other foreign governments, sources say it in a report on Thursday.
A federal grand jury convened in 2021 may be investigating former FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGonigal’s apparent ties to a top aide to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Insiders reported, citing a leaked grand jury subpoena document.
McGonigal, who retired from the FBI in 2018, headed the FBI’s counterintelligence division in New York and also served as head of the Washington counterintelligence division, according to his LinkedIn page.
In his role at the agency’s headquarters, he was one of the first G-men to learn that a Trump campaign official was claiming the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, which helped spark the sweeping collusion investigation , Insiders reported.
Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to the country’s President Vladimir Putin, played a central role in the investigation, which spanned much of Trump’s tenure, Insiders reported.
The November 2021 document obtained by Insider requests records and disclosures related to Spectrum Risk Solutions, a consulting firm. According to the report, McGonigal helped another person “facilitate” an introduction between the company and Deripaska’s assistants.
The grand jury document also requests communications the unnamed subject of the subpoena had with McGonigal regarding other countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania.
According to the report, the document calls for subpoena inquiries to be directed to an FBI agent in Los Angeles.
It is not stated whether McGonigal is the target of a grand jury investigation or whether his actions are part of an FBI investigation of someone else.
McGonigal, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing, did not respond to a request for comment. He most recently worked as senior vice president of security at a multi-billion dollar real estate company in New York, but a company spokesman told Insiders he left the post in January this year.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/15/feds-eye-ex-fbi-agent-charles-mcgonigals-links-to-russia-report/ Feds monitor ex-FBI agent Charles McGonigal’s ties to Russia: report