Update: People are connecting dots all over the place, and it's looking more like a hornet's nest was just kicked open.
Look who just got arrested for a Russian Oligarch-related issue. The FBI Agent that Comey put in charge of counter-intelligence in the FBI's NY Field Office. Just. Before. The. 2016. Election.— FoiaFan (@15poundstogo) January 23, 2023
P.S. BTW, Hillary's campaign HQ was in Brooklyn.
h/t .@TrustIsEarnd https://t.co/SVvZ5lhJcg pic.twitter.com/0kDhIaHrsG
Another delicious bit—here is Charlie & his fellow spook @BillEvanina devastated over @Comey's firing. For people like this, memes couldn't even enhance the scenario; THEY are the meme.— Marco Polo (@MarcoPolo501c3) January 23, 2023
By the way, any comment on the recent news, @BillEvanina?https://t.co/IyuKTFXKMU@fpa1918 https://t.co/rQVFPenAkS pic.twitter.com/70zFOUXZut
Or how Steele helped set up a meeting in 2015 between Deripaska and the FBI which directly involved Ohr.— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) January 23, 2023
Or Steele's lobbying of Ohr in early 2016 on Deripaska’s behalf.
Odd that you leave those things out...
I'm just going to repeat this for the people in back— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 23, 2023
An FBI official who investigated Trump for illegal ties to Russia but found none has just been arrested for his own illegal ties to Russia
The Russia Collusion Hoax was a masterful work of projection.— Noel Cooke (@NoelCooke_) January 23, 2023
They paid Danchenko. They paid Steele. They paid Halper. They even paid Twitter.
They got paid by Deripaska.
So they chased Trump.https://t.co/KjgHxts3lO
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A former top FBI counterintelligence official - in fact, the guy who received the tip that supposedly kicked off the Trump-Russia investigation - has been arrested and charged with violating US sanctions on Russia by taking secret payments from a Russian oligarch in order to investigate another oligarch.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Charles McGonigal, former special agent in charge of the FBI's New York counterintelligence desk, with taking secret payments from Oleg V. Deripaska - which violated US sanctions by agreeing to help the Russian billionaire, who himself was indicted last year on sanctions charges. McGonical notably retired in 2018.
During his days in counterintelligence, McGonical was responsible for supervising and participating in investigations of Russian oligarchs, including Deripaska.
The indictment unsealed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday charges the former F.B.I. official, Mr. McGonigal, with one count of violating U.S. sanctions, one count of money laundering and two conspiracy counts. -NY Times
According to his lawyer, "Charlie served the United States capably, effectively, for decades," adding "We have closely reviewed the accusations made by the government and we look forward to receiving discovery so we can get a view on what the evidence is upon which the government intends to rely."
McGonigal was the FBI's recipient of the fake tip from Alexander Downer that supposedly started the Trump/Russia investigation.— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) January 23, 2023
He was also involved in the fake Carter Page ("Crossfire Dragon") investigation. https://t.co/MDwosXQaqP pic.twitter.com/tGjDL5zFq6
Former colleagues who worked closely with McGonigal were reportedly 'shocked' at his arrest.
They said he primarily investigated Russian counterintelligence and espionage during his lengthy career with the F.B.I. Mr. McGonigal also took on extremely sensitive assignments in the intelligence community, leading an F.B.I. team that investigated why C.I.A. informants in China were being arrested and killed. -NYT
A second man, Sergey Shestakov, was also indicted in the case. He's a former Soviet and Russian diplomat who later obtained US citizenship and worked as a Russian interpreter for courts and government offices.