by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
[T]his column exhorted House Republicans to employ their investigative power to demand answers from the Biden administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the apparent corruption of former senior FBI official Charles McGonigal. This murky affair looks like one of the biggest scandals in the bureau’s history. As I noted:
“The only hope for the truth to come out is for Congress to take an interest in McGonigal’s dirty Balkan deals. Although some House Republicans have quietly asked questions about this affair, there are so many current House investigations into Biden-related scandals that the McGonigal affair gets lost in the maze of corruption inquiries. That’s unfortunate because the full account of McGonigal’s Albanian antics is a shocking story that would rock Washington far beyond just the FBI.”
Finally, there’s progress.
Yesterday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a pointed letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding answers regarding the embarrassing McGonigal affair — answers which the FBI and the Justice Department have refused to provide to Congress. Jordan reminded Wray that he had previously sent him a letter on Feb. 2 of this year requesting “documents and information” pertaining to the federal corruption and money laundering charges against McGonigal, the former head of counterintelligence in the FBI’s New York Field Office.
Last month, McGonigal came to a plea agreement with the Justice Department in New York, relating to the Russian angle to his corruption case, yet Jordan’s committee still has no answers. Jordan’s new letter states, accurately: “In addition to the ongoing case in New York, McGonigal also faces separate charges in Washington, D.C., for ‘concealing his relationship with a former employee of an Albanian intelligence agency.’ While the payment McGonigal received from the former Albanian official is considerably larger than what he received from Deripaska — over $225,000 — McGonigal is reportedly working to reach a similar plea deal with federal prosecutors in Washington.”