House Republicans To Probe Indicted FBI Official

Following his arrest on money laundering charges and violating U.S. sanctions, Charles McGonigal, the former FBI official in charge of counterintelligence in the FBI’s New York Field Office, now faces a House Judiciary Republicans probe, according to the Washington Times.

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, asking the agency to turn over all documents and communications between McGonigal and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska after revelations of alleged collusion between the two men.

The lawmakers have also requested that the FBI turn over all material related to the FBI’s efforts to mitigate national security risks posed by McGonigal’s alleged actions. Wray now has two weeks to comply with the lawmakers’ demands.

Jordan and Gaetz wrote in the letter that McGonigal’s misconduct “erodes public confidence” in the FBI and law enforcement. The lawmakers added that McGonigal’s indictment raised fresh concerns about the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts during his employment with the agency, especially during the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

“According to reports, McGonigal previously played an instrumental role ‘in the decision to launch the Crossfire Hurricane investigation’ against then-candidate Donald Trump.”

The lawmakers noted that McGonigal was working with former British spy Christopher Steele, whose bogus information played a vital role in the FBI’s efforts to obtain a wiretap on then-candidate Trump’s campaign associate Carter Page.

Jordan and Gaetz also demanded that the FBI turn over all McGonigal records, including work history, security clearance, and evaluation forms.

According to a five-count indictment unsealed in federal court in New York, McGonigal is accused of working for Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate who has close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Federal prosecutors claim McGonigal and Sergey Shestakov, a former Russian diplomat now a U.S. citizen, worked with Deripaska to investigate the oligarch’s rival in 2021, according to CBS News.

McGonigal is also facing federal charges in Washington, D.C. after prosecutors there said he allegedly received at least $225,000 in cash from an individual with business interests in Europe. The individual is also reported to have worked for a foreign intelligence service.

McGonigal has pleaded not guilty to all New York and Washington charges.