SWAMP: Federal Court Rejects Trump’s Special Master Review, Instead Trusting FBI Completely

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SWAMP: Federal Court Rejects Trump’s Special Master Review, Instead Trusting FBI Completely

Exclusive: Former top FBI official involved in Trump-Russia investigation under scrutiny by federal prosecutors for his own ties to Russia

By Mattathias Schwartz

Retired FBI agent Charlie McGonigal

A federal grand jury subpoenaed records of any "payments or gifts" that Charles McGonigal, the FBI's former head of counterintelligence in New York, received from foreign governments. Foreign Policy Association; iStock; Rebecca Zisser/Insider

A former high-level FBI agent who was involved in 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 with Russia and other foreign governments. 

Late last year, according to internal court documents obtained by Insider, US attorneys secretly convened a grand jury that examined the conduct of Charles McGonigal, the former head of counterintelligence at the FBI field office in New York City. The Justice Department declined to comment on what the grand jury was investigating or whether it remained ongoing. But a witness subpoena obtained by Insider seems to indicate that the government, in part, was looking into McGonigal's business dealings with a top aide to Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire Russian oligarch who was at the center of allegations that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to interfere in the 2016 election.

The subpoena, issued in November, requests records relating to McGonigal and a shadowy consulting firm called Spectrum Risk Solutions. A week after the subpoena was issued, a Soviet-born immigrant named Sergey Shestakov said in a separate filing that McGonigal had helped him "facilitate" an introduction between Spectrum and Deripaska's aide. The filing also states that McGonigal helped introduce the aide to Kobre & Kim, a New York law firm that specializes in representing clients who are being investigated on suspicion of "fraud and misconduct." Shestakov, who has been identified on TV panels as a former Soviet foreign ministry official and former chief of staff to the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations, reported receiving $33,000 for the referrals.

While it wouldn't necessarily have been illegal for McGonigal to work on behalf of Deripaska, failing to disclose activities covered by the Foreign Agents Registration Act, such as lobbying and public relations, is punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Deripaska was sanctioned by the Treasury Department in 2018 for acting as an agent for the Kremlin, and has been accused of ordering the murder of a businessman. "If McGonigal is mixed up in any way shape or form with Deripaska, that strikes me as unseemly, to put it politely," says Tim Weiner, the author of "Enemies: A History of the FBI."

An attachment to a grand jury subpoena
A witness subpoena obtained by Insider indicates information that federal prosecutors were seeking about former FBI official Charles McGonigal. Insider

Neither McGonigal nor those he is cited as dealing with responded to requests for comment from Insider. "This is not an area where we can provide a statement at this time," a representative for Kobre & Kim said.

It is not clear whether McGonigal is a target of the grand-jury investigation, or simply a subject whose activities are somehow related to it. And there is nothing in the court documents or elsewhere to suggest that McGonigal behaved inappropriately during the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign. But the materials requested in the witness subpoena raise questions about whether a top FBI agent may have been tapping the connections he made during his years of public service for private gain — an all-too-common practice among Washington insiders. And whatever McGonigal's actions, the fact that he has been swept up in a grand-jury investigation is highly unusual. According to a former senior official at the Justice Department who asked not to be identified, prosecutors almost never consider charges against someone so high up in the FBI. "It's very rare that former FBI people at all, and certainly former senior FBI people, wind up as grand-jury targets," the official said.

The federal scrutiny of McGonigal is especially striking given his work at the FBI. Before his retirement in 2018, McGonigal led the WikiLeaks investigation into Chelsea Manning, busted Bill Clinton's national security advisor Sandy Berger for removing classified material from a National Archives reading room, and led the search for a Chinese mole inside the CIA. In 2016, when reports surfaced that Russia had hacked the email system of the Democratic National Committee, McGonigal was serving as chief of the cybercrimes section at FBI headquarters in Washington. In that capacity, he was one of the first officials to learn that a Trump campaign official had bragged that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, sparking the investigation known as Operation Crossfire Hurricane. Later that year, FBI Director James Comey promoted McGonigal to oversee counterintelligence operations in New York. 

According to the witness subpoena, prosecutors are also looking into whether McGonigal has ties to the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as any "payments or gifts" he was provided by the governments of Kosovo, Montenegro, and Albania.

Edi Rama the Albanian prime minister in Brussels earlier this year

McGonigal used his official FBI letterhead to try and arrange a business meeting with Edi Rama, the prime minister of Albania. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

Two sources told Insider that McGonigal was close to Edi Rama, who has served as the prime minister of Albania since 2013. According to an email reviewed by Insider, McGonigal used his official FBI email account to try to arrange a meeting between Rama and an American firm the prime minister was thinking about hiring for an anti-corruption initiative. In the end, the FBI didn't give McGonigal approval for the meeting, and it never took place.

A representative for Rama said the prime minister's relationship with McGonigal was "a totally private friendly relationship of no public interest. We have no idea about any grand jury and no US authority has ever contacted us about it. There have never been meetings with firms, gifts, payments, travel reimbursements before or after Mr. McGonigal left his job."

Since he left the FBI, McGonigal has continued to trade on his expertise in counterintelligence. In 2020, months after his reported assistance to Deripaska's aide, he appeared on a panel at the Atlantic Council, where he condemned the corruption of Russia's security services. "You are seeing an erosion in any rule of law as it relates to the FSB," he said. "It would be akin to having in the United States the FBI as a rogue element, operating at the behest of the highest bidder."

McGonigal's profile on LinkedIn says he is the senior vice president of "global security and life safety" at Brookfield Properties, a multibillion-dollar real-estate company in New York. But that information, apparently, is inaccurate. "Charlie McGonigal is no

longer with Brookfield," Andrew Brent, Brookfield's head of communications, told Insider. McGonigal left the company, he added, in early January — just as witnesses were scheduled to appear before the grand jury.

Mattathias Schwartz is a senior correspondent at Insider. 

SOURCE: https://www.businessinsider.com/exclusive-fbi-charles-mcgonigal-trump-russia-grand-jury-oleg-deripaska-2022-9

Two 9/11 Hijackers Tied to Saudi intelligence LIVED With Long-Time FBI Informant Before the 2001 attacks

by Pamela Geller

In late January 2000, 9/11 hujackers Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi both traveled to Los Angeles and then moved to San Diego, where they associated with a former subject of an FBI investigation and also lived with a long-time FBI asset. 19 days prior to September 11, 2001, the CIA notifies the FBI to add Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi to the terrorist watchlist. This was all covered by then FBI Director Robert Mueller.

From: A Review of the FBI’s Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11 Attacks
Special Report
(November 2004), Released Publicly June 2006
Office of the Inspector General, Justice.gov:

“While in San Diego, September 11 Hijackers: Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi associated with Omar al-Bayoumi, a person whom the FBI had previously investigated, and they also lived with an active, FBI informational asset.

Did You Know: The 28 Pages show that two 9/11 hijackers tied to Saudi intelligence rented a room from an FBI informant in California before the 2001 attacks The Director of the FBI kept this covered up for years

His name? Robert Mueller

  • In early January 2000, Mihdhar traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he met with other al Qaeda operatives. Intelligence information developed by the CIA in early 2000 revealed that Mihdhar was a suspected al Qaeda operative, he traveled to Malaysia to meet with other al Qaeda operatives, and he had a multiple-entry U.S. visa. The CIA also discovered in March 2000 that Hazmi had traveled to Los Angeles in January 2000.
  • In late January 2000, Mihdhar and Hazmi both traveled to Los Angeles and then moved to San Diego, where they associated with a former subject of an FBI investigation and also lived with a long-time FBI asset.156
In the summer of 2001, the CIA and the FBI had various interactions regarding the FBI’s investigation of the Cole attack.These interactions touched on the participants in the January 2000 Malaysia meetings and information developed by the CIA about the Malaysia meetings.
  • In August 2001, the FBI learned that Mihdhar had entered the United States on July 4 and began searching for him in early September 2001. It also learned that the purported mastermind of the Cole attack had met with Mihdhar and Hazmi in the Malaysia meetings. The FBI did not locate him before the September 11 attacks.
  • In late December 2000 and early January 2001, a reliable joint FBI/CIA source provided information related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of the attack on the U.S.S. Cole.157 The source’s information linked Hazmi and Mihdhar with the purported mastermind of the Cole attack.

  • In the summer of 2001, the CIA and the FBI had various interactions regarding the FBI’s investigation of the Cole attack. These interactions touched on the participants in the January 2000 Malaysia meetings and information

  • Source:  https://gellerreport.com/2022/09/two-9-11-hijackers-tied-to-saudi-intelligence-lived-with-long-time-fbi-informant-before-the-2001-attacks.html/?lctg=148053577

    FBI Jackal Arrested on Multiple Counts of Raping Little Girls


    STANSBURY PARK, Utah — A Utah man, who is also an employee of the FBI, has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse.

    Robert Alexander Smith, 65, was arrested at his home in Stansbury Park and booked into the  County Jail after an investigation by the county sheriff’s office that included interviews with up to five minor girls who said they were victims of Smith.

    “He was booked on four counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child without incident,” court documents state.

    Smith is an employee of the FBI. In a statement, the FBI said the possible misconduct has been referred to the bureau’s internal affairs department in the following statement:

    “We are aware of the arrest of an FBI employee. The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. As such, the incident has been referred to the FBI’s Internal Affairs Section. We cannot comment further on an ongoing personnel matter.”

    Smith’s specific role with the FBI was not immediately clear.

    An affidavit of probable cause filed in 3rd District Court in Tooele said the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible sex offense case that involved several girls. In June one girl spoke to the person who filed the complaint to report something “very uncomfortable.” The girl told the trusted person that Smith had touched her sexually, multiple times, two years before she spoke up about it. She said she was 6 or 7 years old when the abuse took place.

    The complainant individually spoke with other minor girls who were in close contact with Smith. The girls ranged in age from pre-teen to high-school aged and  reportedly, each of the girls became emotional and started crying when asked if anything inappropriate had happened with Smith.

    Each of the girls was interviewed at a Children’s Advocacy Center and recorded. Each of the girls reported inappropriate touching, including some who reported genital touching.

    “Mr. Smith occupied a position of special trust as it pertains to the victims in this case,” documents state. He was described as a caregiver and was said to have authority over the girls.

    On Aug. 24 law enforcement contacted Smith at his home. He declined to speak with law enforcement about the accusations and was placed into custody without incident, documents state.