WSJ Mocks Comey’s Russia Probe: “The Alleged Culprit Was A Member Of Mr. Comey’s Own Team”

Former FBI Director James Comey’s Russia probe was a complete embarrassment.

Things got even more embarrassing when former special agent Charles McGonigal was arrested for conspiring with a sanctioned Russian Oligarch.

McGonigal was one of the people investigating Donald Trump in the Russia probe.

The Gateway Pundit reported:

Former Special Agent in charge of counter-intelligence in the New York field office, Charles McGonigal, was arrested on Saturday night for conspiring with Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian Oligarch.

Charles McGonigal was hit with a five-count indictment and charged with “violating and conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”) and with conspiring to commit money laundering and money laundering.”

Mr. McGonigal retired in 2018, according to the DOJ’s press release.

While working at the FBI, he “supervised and participated in investigations of Russian oligarchs, including Deripaska.”

The Wall Street Journal mocked Comey after the arrest of McGonigal.

The Journal wrote, “the indictments further tarnish the Crossfire Hurricane probe and Mr. Comey’s judgment.”

They also blasted his time at the FBI as “the worst for the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover walked the bureau halls.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial team wrote:

James Comey may have been right about Russia collusion after all. But instead of the Trump campaign, the alleged culprit was a member of Mr. Comey’s own team at the FBI.

In 2016 Mr. Comey appointed veteran agent Charles McGonigal to head the bureau’s counterintelligence efforts in New York, where he was involved in some of the most sensitive work. They included the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to steal the 2016 election. Mr. McGonigal was arrested Saturday on twin indictments.

Mr. McGonigal has pleaded not guilty. But the indictments further tarnish the Crossfire Hurricane probe and Mr. Comey’s judgment. Mr. Comey’s deputy, Andrew McCabe, was sacked for his lack of candor during an investigation into unauthorized disclosures to the press. Investigator Peter Strzok was dismissed for unprofessional conduct. Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to altering an email submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Mr. Comey can’t be blamed for Mr. McGonigal’s alleged crimes, but he can be scored for the company he kept. The Comey years rank as the worst for the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover walked the bureau halls.

The Deep State has tarnished the reputation of the FBI.

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