A former top FBI agent who helped create the ‘Russiagate’ hoax for the Clinton campaign was sentenced this week for colluding with Russia, according to reports.
Former FBI counterintelligence agent Charles McGonigal pled guilty last August to aiding a Russian oligarch in exchange for secret payments. McGonigal was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison and fined $40,000.
“I recognize more than ever that I’ve betrayed the confidence and trust of those close to me,” McGonigal confessed during his sentencing. “For the rest of my life, I will be fighting to regain that trust.”
Wnd.com reports: McGonigal was initially arrested in January for his connections to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch who he accepted payments from to collect open-source research against a rival, according to the WSJ. McGonigal was also charged for accepting $225,000 in payments from a former Albanian intelligence officer, which he is expected to face sentencing for in February 2024, according to Reuters.
“I have no patience or sympathy for this guy,” former FBI agent Jim DiOrio told the WSJ. “He saw an opportunity and he took advantage.”
McGonigal was involved in the Crossfire Hurricane probe, also known as the “Russiagate” probe, into the Trump campaign in 2016. Crossfire Hurricane turned into a 22-month, $32 million investigation that ultimately found no evidence Trump colluded with Russia to swing the 2016 election in his favor.
McGonigal was also involved in a “classified defensive briefing” that was given to the attorneys of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2015, in what was called a “clear double standard by the Department of Justice,” by Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2020.
Earlier in his career, McGonigal was one of two FBI agents who stopped a plot to bomb the New York City metro in 1997, according to the WSJ. He also helped in the FBI’s post-9/11 investigation and stayed in the city to work on a task force focused on foreign terror threats in New York City.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.