6. What McGonigal might know; Biden team anything but "cooperative"
By Mike Huckabee
Most of us had never heard of former FBI agent Charles McGonigal until Monday, when he was indicted by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York for acting as a foreign agent and we saw he might have had ties to the Bidens through CEFC. But in just a few days, a lot has come out. Fortunately, legal expert Margot Cleveland has examined what is known and offers a good analysis.
As she describes it, McGonigal wasn’t just any agent working on the sham Crossfire Hurricane investigation --- he was involved in the decision to launch it in the first place. He was not low-level; he was special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division for the New York Field Office. In fact, then-FBI Director James Comey promoted him to that position after his role in the decision to investigate Trump. This is another black eye for the FBI, which by now has run out of eyes.
McGonigal was charged, along with interpreter Sergey Shestakov, who is now a U.S. citizen, with conspiring to launder money and with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, or IEEPA. Specifically, they did this by violating sanctions imposed on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, taking money for him in exchange for investigating a business rival of his. Shestakov is also charged with lying to the FBI.
Just an hour later, McGonigal was also charged by the DOJ with making multiple false statements, concealing material facts, and falsifying records or documents, for a total of nine counts.
According to the FBI indictment, they concealed their involvement with Deripaska by communicating through a representative (“Agent 1”). They’re alleged to have used shell companies to hide the money Deripaska paid them. McGonigal had first met Agent 1 while still employed at the FBI and went to work for Deripaska after he retired.
The FBI executed search warrants and seized McGonigal and Shestakov’s electronic devices on November 21, 2021, so this investigation has been going on for some time. McGonigal is now in trouble for receiving large cash payments in return for questionable favors, and for not accurately reporting his financial situation, connections with foreign nationals, and relationships with several unnamed individuals, identified as Persons A, B, C and D.
The apparent tie to Hunter Biden is through Person A, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Albania. McGonigal accepted $225,000 from him, traveled to Europe with him, and met numerous foreign officials through him. McGonigal was allegedly the one who suggested the money-making scheme, in August 2017. He traveled with Person A to Albania, “where he allegedly lobbied the Albanian prime minister on behalf of Person A.”
Cleveland has details of the allegations that McGonigal lobbied prosecutors in New York to open an investigation into a political rival of the Albanian prime minister in February 2018.
According to the Office of the Inspector General’s report on FISA abuse, “dossier” manufacturer Christopher Steele had also done some lobbying for Deripaska in 2016, passing information to DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr to get Ohr to intercede for him on some matter involving a European company. Yet Steele never registered as a lobbyist under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, or FARA, and has never been charged.
Ohr even called an interagency meeting on December 7, 2016, to advocate working with Deripaska, “and later told a subordinate that the basis for the suggestion was that ‘Steele provided information that the Trump campaign had been corrupted by the Russians,’ and that the corruption went all the way up to President-elect Trump.” HERE WE GO. Using that piece-of-garbage “dossier” again.
Cleveland also links to a piece she wrote THREE YEARS AGO about this very meeting that shows how far ahead she was in exposing the scheme to take down President Trump. (She saw their involvement with Deripaska as part of the strategy to go after Paul Manafort to get to Trump.) She found details of the meeting about 200 pages into the IG report. But no one in ‘Justice’ ever did anything with this information. A fascinating read in light of what we now know…
McGonigal wasn’t mentioned by name in that three-year-old report; he was working behind the scenes in his conversations with Ohr and others. But now that he’s been indicted and we know he’s capable of being bought, his involvement in the Russia Hoax is extremely troubling. With the legal trouble he’s in now, though, he might want to cut a deal, and perhaps he has something to offer Special Counsel John Durham, who has yet to issue his final report. Is his choice of an attorney any clue? That’s Seth DuCharme, who used to work for...John Durham.
BUSINESS INSIDER had a story about McGonigal in September 2022, reporting that “a former FBI agent who was involved with the investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia during the 2016 election has himself come under scrutiny by federal prosecutors for his ties to Russia and other foreign governments. (Remember, the FBI got the warrant and took his devices in November 2021.) Back then, the story received little attention. Very interesting background.
Until we have a better idea of the content of classified documents found at Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center and, especially, in his home and garage, we won’t know if they reflect Hunter’s activities in Ukraine and with China through CEFC. Is alleged foreign agent and money launderer Charles McGonigal a part of that? We don’t yet know, but there does seem to be a connection through Albania and CEFC that needs to be explored. Did Hunter have access to classified documents in his father’s possession as he solicited and received big money from foreign interests? We need to know this, and so do the oversight committees.
But on Wednesday, after the Senate Intelligence Committee was briefed by Biden’s Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines (deputy CIA director under Obama) on the classified material held by Biden, Trump and Pence, committee members from both sides of the aisle came out of that meeting frustrated. No matter how many times Karine Jean-Pierre reads the word “transparent” from her notebook, the Biden team is not being “transparent” at all. They are NOT “cooperating.” One would assume that if they could, they would. Those are just meaningless talking points given to KJP by “crisis” PR specialist Anita Dunn and/or other untrustworthy partisan hacks.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the ranking member on the committee, called Haines’ briefing “very unsatisfying.” He said the committee is being stonewalled, when the information they want has no bearing on the special counsel investigation and would not interfere with any criminal investigation.
Surprisingly, even the Democrat chairman, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, expressed disappointment in what they were getting from Biden’s team. “We’re left in limbo until somehow a special counsel designated it’s okay for us to be briefed,” he said. “And that’s not going to stand.”
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said essentially the same thing. They can’t wait for the special counsel to investigate, he noted, as that could take “years.” In the meantime, national security may have been compromised. So, what to do? He thought the Senate should inflict “pain” on the administration by slow-walking nominations.
What do you bet Biden chooses the “pain” over coming clean? Reportedly, the National Archives is stonewalling Kentucky Rep. James Comer’s House Oversight Committee as well. I wonder what it is the Biden team really, REALLY doesn’t want anybody to see.
Finally, Mark Levin said Wednesday on HANNITY that Biden should be investigated by a federal grand jury. That was done in Trump’s case even though the Archives knew where his documents were and, as far as Trump knew, they were still negotiating. In Biden’s case, documents are turning up here, there and everywhere. Biden needs to be questioned under oath, because “only Joe Biden can tell us how some of these documents wound up where they did.”
Merrick Garland’s DOJ knows it can’t even dip a toe into any investigation of the Bidens, because one email will lead to more and more. They already know he lied to the American people about his involvement in Hunter’s business, so they just can’t go there. Great segment…