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McGonigal Affair, Plea Hearing Postponed

McGonigal Affair, Plea Hearing Postponed

Former FBI agent Charles McGonigal's plea hearing has been postponed for 2 hours. The session was scheduled to be held at 2:00 p.m., but has been postponed to 5:00 p.m. 

The parties will send the acceptance documents to the court as soon as possible. The plea documents must include: the offense(s) charged and the statutory provision, the plea charges and statutory provisions, the elements of the offense, a copy of the plea agreement, the sentences, and the guideline calculations.

Former top FBI counterintelligence official Charles McGonigal pleaded guilty in August in a New York court to charges of violating US sanctions on Russia by working after retirement for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whom he first he had investigated. McGonigal admitted to receiving over $17,000 from the Russian oligarch to provide negative information about another rival Russian oligarch. The United States has imposed sanctions on oligarch Deripaska since 2018 for reasons related to Russia's occupation of Crimea.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped other charges related to Mr. McGonigal's collusion with Deripaska.

In another trial in a federal court in Washington, McGonigal is accused of taking about $225,000 from a former employee of Albania's intelligence services.

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