(Liberty Bell) – Charles McGonigal, a disgraced agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who looked into former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and alleged ties to Russia back in 2016, is now going to be making a guilty plea in a case where he himself has been accused of working for a Russian oligarch. How’s that for irony? Here’s a man who was tasked to investigate Russian collusion with Trump and he was innocent, while the investigator was the one working for Moscow. You really can’t make this stuff up. Truth is stranger than fiction.
“The court has been informed that defendant Charles McGonigal may wish to enter a change of plea,” Manhattan federal Judge Jennifer Rearden stated in a brief order that was filed Monday, scheduling a hearing for Aug. 15, a report from the New York Post said.
“McGonigal, 54, — a former top FBI counterintelligence agent based in New York — was indicted in January on charges including money laundering and violating US sanctions by working for Russian billionaire and business magnate Oleg Deripaska, including trying to get him taken off of the US sanctions list,” the piece continued. “McGonigal was legally required to report to the FBI his contact with foreign officials, but instead allegedly hid the ties, pursing business and overseas travel that conflicted with his job.”
McGonigal entered a guilty plea for all four counts, which includes charges of: Conspiring to violate and evade US sanctions, money laundering, conspiring to commit money laundering and conspiring to violate federal law against doing business with sanctioned individuals.
The agent has been out on $500,000 bond since the time he was first taken into custody. McGonigal has played a critical role in the “Russiagate” investigation of former President Donald Trump, a probe that led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who continued the investigation, concluding there was no evidence of collusion.
The New York Post noted, “He was separately indicted in Washington DC for allegedly hiding payments totaling $225,000 from a former member of Albania’s intelligence service and taking a secret meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. He pleaded not guilty in that case — which is still pending trial. McGonigal’s lawyers didn’t immediately return a request for comment Monday.”
One of the best cases for electing Trump for a second term in the White House is that he will no doubt be a cleansing fire to federal law enforcement, proverbially burning out the deep state corruption that has enabled these agencies within the Justice Department to be weaponized against the American people.
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