Former FBI Counterintelligence Lead Officer Who Investigated Trump-Russia Collusion, Arrested for Colluding with Russia

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 23, 2023 | Sundance

There is A LOT going on inside this story, and the pair of indictments only scratch the surface.

[WaPo – New York Times – ABC News]

According to the DOJ, “A former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New York Counterintelligence Division [Charles F. McGonigal, 54, of New York City] and a former Soviet and Russian diplomat [Sergey Shestakov, 69, of Morris, Connecticut] were arrested Saturday on criminal charges related to their alleged violating and conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and conspiring to commit money laundering and money laundering.

Interestingly, there are two sets of indictments.  The first is in New York related to the U.S. sanctions against Russia, specifically Oleg Deripaska  [SEE HERE].  The second is in DC related to money laundering, payments from Deripaska [SEE HERE].  The New York case is related to post retirement activity in 2021.  The DC case is related to activity when Charles F McGonigal was taking money from Russians, and apparently others, while simultaneously investigating Donald Trump, “from August 2017 and continuing through and beyond his retirement from the FBI in September 2018.”

It would appear, Main Justice in DC is concerned about the timeline and are structuring the money laundering prosecution to keep tight control in Washington DC, for the period when McGonical was a special agent in charge.   However, given the backstory of the players involved, and known 2021 FARA filings that hit on the organizations involved, the FBI and DOJ have known about this issue for quite some time, at least 18 months prior to the indictments today.

These indictments are a rabbit hole that runs sideways from the Trump-Russia collusion nonsense and includes the use of “contractors” in 2021 that McGonigal had to know from his time in the FBI counterintelligence operations.

Charles McGonigal was the operational lead who kickstarted the Trump Crossfire Hurricane investigation in 2016 (a false construct) per testimony by Jonathan Moffa [pg, 32/33], and was also the lead official in charge of the investigation into the DNC email leak (WikiLeaks), claimed by the U.S. government to have stemmed from Russian hackers (another false construct).

Following his work in the DC bureau of the FBI, McGonigal was moved to be Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division in New York.  He retired Sept ’18 from New York.

From the DOJ (New York Case):

“In 2021, McGonigal and Shestakov conspired to provide services to Deripaska, in violation of U.S. sanctions imposed on Deripaska in 2018. Specifically, following their negotiations with an agent of Deripaska [likely, Yevgenyi Fokin], McGonigal and Shestakov agreed to and did investigate a rival Russian oligarch in return for concealed payments from Deripaska.

As part of their negotiations with Deripaska’s agent, McGonigal, Shestakov and the agent attempted to conceal Deripaska’s involvement by, among other means, not directly naming Deripaska in electronic communications, using shell companies as counterparties in the contract that outlined the services to be performed, using a forged signature on that contract and using the same shell companies to send and receive payment from Deripaska.

McGonigal and Shestakov were aware that their actions violated U.S. sanctions because, among other reasons, while serving as SAC, McGonigal received then-classified information that Deripaska would be added to a list of oligarchs considered for sanctions as part of the process that led to the imposition of sanctions against Deripaska. In addition, in 2019, McGonigal and Shestakov worked on behalf of Deripaska in an unsuccessful effort to have the sanctions against Deripaska lifted. In November 2021, when FBI agents questioned Shestakov about the nature of his and McGonigal’s relationship with Deripaska’s agent, Shestakov made false statements in a recorded interview.” (link)

Within the indictment [pdf here, page #12] the methods McGonigal intended to use to assist Oleg Deripaska in the investigation of a competing oligarch:

[Source pdf, page #12]

Now if you were a former FBI counterintelligence special agent and high-level officer within the organization, what subcontractor would you be reaching out to for support and research assistance on behalf of a client?  Occam’s Razor = the same subcontractors you used when you were in office.   Where would those subcontractors be able to look?… likely the same FBI/NSA databases we have been discussing for years.

Now, put your reference thinking cap back on, remember when we were saying back in 2017/’18/’19, that if FBI contractors had this kind of database access as described by the NSA and FISA court, wouldn’t it stand to reason there were also people inside these contracted agencies that would monetize their access to sell information.

Remember that conversation?

Well look at what is outlined above under the auspices of “dark web” files and McGonigal “obtaining funds from Deripaska to purchase” them.

Dark Web” files my ass, these are the files extracted by government contractor access to the FBI and NSA database.  It’s not a leap, heck, it isn’t even a nudge, to see the connection here.  I digress.

Back to the filings, let’s jump to the Money Laundering one in DC (SEE HERE).  The bold name is my suspicion on who the unnamed character is:

[…] Charles F. McGonigal, 54, a former FBI Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office, has been arrested on charges relating to his receipt of $225,000 in cash from an individual who had business interests in Europe and who had been an employee of a foreign intelligence service [Evgeny Fokin], while McGonigal was serving as Special Agent in Charge of FBI counterintelligence efforts in the New York Office. McGonigal retired from the FBI in September of 2018.

According to the nine-count indictment, unsealed today, from August 2017 and continuing through and beyond his retirement from the FBI in September 2018, McGonigal concealed from the FBI the nature of his relationship with a former foreign security officer and businessperson [Fokin] who had ongoing business interests in foreign countries and before foreign governments. 

Specifically, McGonigal requested and received at least $225,000 in cash from [Fokin] and traveled abroad with the individual and met with foreign nationals.  The individual later served as an FBI source in a criminal investigation involving foreign political lobbying over which McGonigal had official supervisory responsibility.  McGonigal is accused of engaging in other conduct in his official capacity as an FBI Special Agent in Charge that he believed would benefit the businessperson financially. (more)

Likely due to his senior official status and close relationship with the DC FBI, the investigation of McGonigal was/is being handled by the Los Angeles office of the FBI.  According to the press release, “the FBI Los Angeles Field Office is investigating the case, with significant assistance provided by the FBI Washington Field Office.”

If you read the indictment pdf here and are curious about the New Jersey businesses and law firm involved, there is an excellent article from 2021 [SEE HERE] about a FARA notice that connects all of these dots together. “On Nov. 29, 2021, Sergey Shestakov, the former Soviet diplomat, registered as a Foreign Agent for Fokin, the alleged former senior Russian intelligence official.” (more)  That FARA filing is likely the construct of the issue that led to the indictments today.

Last point.  Why would the Washington FBI turn on one of their senior FBI officials?

It seems odd, knowing the corruption inside the DOJ and FBI, they would throw a bag over Charles McGonigal.  In normal DC operations they would retain this information as leverage against McGonigal for later use; and/or as an insurance policy against him. Something triggered the FBI and DOJ-NSD to act.

McGonigal did nothing on behalf of Oleg Deripaska, much different than Chris Steele or Adam Waldman did.  Chris Steele was at one time working for Deripaska, and Waldman -a lawyer/lobbyist with deep DC connections- was representing Deripaska’s U.S. interests.

Sure, the sanctions regime against Russia might have changed things, but essentially trying to get sanctions removed wasn’t by itself illegal.  It’s the money exchange where things get into legal trouble.  “Money laundering” only applies if the source or origin of the money is illegal; thus, the action to conceal the origin of the money creates the issue of money laundering and conspiracy therein.

…”In 2021, McGonigal and Shestakov conspired to provide services to Deripaska, in violation of U.S. sanctions imposed on Deripaska in 2018. Specifically, following their negotiations with an agent of Deripaska, McGonigal and Shestakov agreed to and did investigate a rival Russian oligarch in return for concealed payments from Deripaska.”…

The DOJ-NSD, FBI and U.S. government knew this from the FARA registration.

… And McGonigal was leveraging his FBI knowledge to get investigative searches conducted deep within the NSA/FBI database.   But apparently neither he nor the subcontractors are getting in trouble for that part.  Go figure.

Nunes: Hard left groups working with Biden DOJ to suppress conservatives online

Devin Nunes Published originally on Rumble on October 4, 2022 

Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes discusses top medical groups’ efforts to censor their political opponents on social media and more on ‘Rob Schmitt Tonight,’ October 4, 2022.

Subtle, But Valuable – Senator Rick Scott Pushes Back Against Arrogance of Senate DeceptiCons

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on September 1, 2022 | Sundance

Former Governor of Florida Rick Scott, the current head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has taken some hits in the past for his go-along-get-along persona.  However, in an op-ed today the Florida Senator pushes back against the DeceptiCon influence.

It is refreshing to see a republican politician taking the arrogance of the McConnell crew to task.  It is even more refreshing to see Senator Scott use the atomic sledgehammer of truth:

[…] …”when you complain and lament that we have “bad candidates,” what you are really saying is that you have contempt for the voters who chose them. Now we are at the heart of the matter.  Much of Washington’s chattering class disrespects and secretly (or not so secretly) loathes Republican voters.”

[read op-ed Here]

Perhaps, Senator Scott recognizes the intention of the McConnell clan, an intention that runs counter to the responsibility of his job as chairman of the NRSC.   It is a matter of factual accuracy that McConnell and his DeceptiCon wing do indeed have contempt for the voters within the republican party.  This larger truth has been very visible for many years.

It’s good to see someone from inside the upper chamber start to call them out.   Unfortunately, if history serves a roadmap for the reaction from the DeceptiCons, Scott will likely be cast into the same furnace of hate previously occupied by Senator Jim DeMint.

In the interim, he has my full support.  Thank you, Senator Scott…. More please.

Three More Minutes of Succinct Sunlight from Mike Davis on the Fabrications of a Politically Motivated DOJ

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on August 31, 2022 | Sundance

Using the references of current events, attorney and former Constitutional Law Clerk for Justice Gorsuch, Mike Davis, once again astutely and succinctly summarizes and deconstructs the nonsense within the fabricated and political DOJ case against President Trump.  {Direct Rumble Link}

Mr. Davis walks through the claims and deconstructs the political arguments with citations to the constitution, lawful and applicable precedent, along with a direct hit on the motive of the DOJ and FBI effort.  In three minutes, Davis nails the top-line issues soup to nuts, WATCH:



TateSpeech Published originally on Rumble on August 25, 2022 

Andrew Tate Attacks the Matrix — We took the RED PILL We are the Alpha beware of what you have done!

Two Florida Residents Plead Guilty in Federal Court in New York to Stealing Ashley Biden Diary

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on August 25, 2022 | Sundance 

The reason the FBI raided the home and office of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, was to discover the source of the Ashley Biden diary.  The feds then went to work on prosecuting the suspects who “stole” the diary, and a guilty plea in New York was entered today.  [Ashley in green shirt below]

[Creepy Joe] Look carefully, everything about this narrative presentation by national media is sketchy; including two Florida residents being prosecuted in New York, when the claimed illegal action, the theft,” took place in Florida.

Also, the “stolen” goods aspect is suspect, despite the plea.  As previous wide-spread discussion outlined, the Ashley Biden material was left behind in a rental home and discovered by the next occupant.  It looks like the admission of “theft” is a Main Justice pressure angle to support a “stolen” narrative.

The Florida residents, Aimee Harris and Robert Kurlander, plead guilty to “conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property.”  The creepy and disturbing content of the diary is now obscured.

(New York) – […] The president’s daughter, Ashley Biden, had stored the items in question (including a “highly personal” diary, “tax records, a digital storage card containing private family photographs, and a cellphone, among other things”) in a Florida home where Harris later took up temporary residence, Fox News summmarizes, per court documents. Harris then reportedly stole the items, and asked Kurlander to help her sell them.

Kurlander’s plea deal also includes cooperating with the Justice Department’s investigation into how Project Veritas obtained the diary, notes The New York Times. The conservative group maintained in a statement that their “news gathering was ethical and legal.”

“I know what I did was wrong and awful, and I apologize,” Kurlander said in court. “I sincerely apologize for any actions and know what I did was illegal,” Harris added. (read more)

Coinbase Crackdown

Armstrong Economics Blog/Cryptocurrency Re-Posted Aug 24, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Comment: I use Coinbase to hold some crypto. They sent me an email saying that my account that I had for years would be limited to withdrawals only if I do not give them updated government ID and download the latest version of the application. I use this on my PC and do not have the application. I worry they’ll take what is left of my failing cryptos. Luckily I only put “play money” into these holdings but I imagine others will experience losses and frozen accounts in the near future. The deadline they gave me was October – not sure if that is for all. I messaged out to Coinbase for help updating my account but cannot fully verify it after many tries.

Reply: Government hates cryptocurrency. They have always been concerned about their ability to squeeze out every last penny in taxes from crypto. I am not surprised that Coinbase is emailing users for additional documentation days after the Inflation Reduction Act was passed. With nearly 88,000 new IRS agents, there will certainly be teams of hundreds or thousands of accountants who will analyze all crypto holdings.

The initial idea behind the creation of crypto has been lost. I warned in March on our private blog on Socrates that cryptocurrencies may be suspended altogether one day. Biden could sign an Executive Order to regulate cryptos because countries like Russia can use it to circumvent sanctions. Not only is Biden authorizing the regulation of digital currencies, but he is also instructing to move forward with a central bank cryptocurrency. Once that is done, all other cryptocurrencies will be seized and folded into the government’s crypto. There will be no competition.

Our Plan is More OBVIOUS Than Ever! – News Update

Awaken With JP Published originally on Rumble on July 26, 2022

Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum are trying to block the sun? This and more news that should worry you in this week’s update!

Is There Another FBI Spy In The Trump Orbit? (Ep. 1828) – The Dan Bongino Show

The Dan Bongino Show Published originally on Rumble on August 11, 2022 

Is there another spy in Trumps friends and associates? Or could this be a Trump set up?

IRS Seeking Agents Willing to “Use Deadly Force”

Armstrong Economics Blog/Corruption Re-Posted Aug 12, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

The enhanced police state is turning tax accountants into the Gestapo. The IRS was forced to remove its job description after creating a buzz across the internet.

“As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes,” the job advertisement stated. “No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS Special Agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal government.”

“Financial investigators for the Federal government” aka their muscle to collect as much money in taxes as they can. The description states that it does not matter whether the income was earned legally because it could still be used in crimes. Everyone is to be treated as a criminal until proven innocent now.

Above is a list of the major duties that agents will be responsible for completing. Why on Earth would an IRS agent face a “life-threatening” situation on the job? Worse yet, they are expecting agents to carry guns, and they must be willing to KILL “if necessary.” The United States is turning into a complete police state under the current administration. We were seen as vermin due to the virus, and they see us now as criminals for simply earning money and existing.