So to be clear, McGonigal was running the FBI's Trump-Russia probe at the moment this story -- at the most critical moment of the 2016 -- was leaked to the New York Times https://t.co/K4FfJW5pz6— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) January 23, 2023
And a few more shoes might be dropping:
ICYMI: FBI official who led the 2016 investigation finding *no link* between Trump & Russia Charles McGonigal arrested for taking💰from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska— who Manafort owed MILLIONS While working for Trump *for free*— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) January 24, 2023
Russia was never a hoaxhttps://t.co/tcYf5eESMJ
So... the NYT is also in on the Trump-Russia?🧐— AveryAngel#1 (@angel32my) January 23, 2023
Deripaska-Manafort-McGonigal - who left FBI and went to work for Brookfield in 2018
-Aug 2018 Brookfield Properties took over Kushner's 99 year lease on 666. Wonder if that's connected ?
Manafort came on just before the convention and introduced pence to Trump. He changed ONE thing in the GOP platform re Ukraine. The coup began 11/7/16— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) January 24, 2023
That’s also when the NYFO, both live agents and retirees, was leaking damaging innuendo about the Clinton Foundation and her campaign like a sieve. It was all but impossible for Comey to stand pat as the FBI’s reputation got more and more tarnished with each successive day.— Inverted Pyramid (@DemByBirth) January 23, 2023
Wonder if we’ll ever find out what was really going on with that server inside Trump Tower…— Aunt Betty 🌻 (@OdelaBoca) January 24, 2023
As you can see, there are all sorts of ramifications to this story, questions about how compromised were the people in Trump's administration, issues about how extensively these ties to Russia have been reported over the years, and so forth.
Harry Reid did not mince his words. Comey knew, and chose to put FBI focus on Clinton’s emails instead. With what we learned yesterday about McGonigal and Deripaska, I have more questions than answers about Comey too.#HatchAct#CORRUPTION#GOPBetrayedAmerica https://t.co/w1nxZsRdV7— Brave Sir #ExpandTheCourt #ERANow #Boosted (@arsey) January 24, 2023
...Was he compromised by Russia? Or was he just compromised by Deripaska?...We simply have too little information to know what we’re dealing with in this case. An egregious but largely isolated instance of public corruption? Or something deeper that reshapes our understanding of some of the most consequential events of the last decade?Not clear.
Given how DOJ has charged these two indictments (and given the charges they have yet to file), I suspect they will try to get McGonigal to plead to one side and cooperate in the other — in part to unpack everything he did before and after he left the FBI. But even if they do, they’re not going to tell us what he was up to.
So the big Russia and Ukraine adjacent news in the US today was the arrest of the former Supervisory Special Agent in Charge (SSAC) for Counterintelligence in the New York Field Office Charles McGonigal. As Talking Points Memo has reported, McGonigal was dirty for years before he officially got in bed with Deripaska. And he’s not the only member of the FBI’s NY Field Office to be busted colluding with Russian/post-Soviet oligarchs, who are also organized crime leaders, as well as catspaws and trusted agents for Putin.I’ve said two things over and over and over again here since 2015:The New York Field Office of the FBI thinks that it is running the Russian and post-Soviet mob when, in reality, the Russian and post-Soviet mob is running the New York Field Office of the FBI.We are penetrated at all levels by those under Russian influence and/or control. And not just the Russians, a whole host of adversaries, competitors, and even partner and client states assets as well.Item 1 above was what happened to the Boston Field Office in regard to the Irish mob, which is how the whole mess with Whitey Bulger happened.I fully expect we’ll find out that SSAC McGonigal was playing footsie with Deripaska, or Derispaska’s trusted agents, well before he officially went to work for him.
Not just a corrupt, but Russian agent infiltrated NYC FBI obvious went all out to swing the 2016 election, aided by America's Greatest Man, James Comey, for whatever reason, and since covered up by various investigations.Others know the details better than I do, but the contours have been pretty clear for awhile even as the new details pop up.Others include high profile journalists, who aren't talking.