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Actions of ex-agent Charles McGonigal do not represent the FBI, Wray tells employees

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Alleged criminal act FBI Director Christopher Wray told employees in an internal message summarized by ABC News.

McGonigal, who served as a special agent for counterintelligence at the FBI’s New York branch until 2018, was arrested Saturday for his ties to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. violate those sanctions.

In Ray’s message, which has not been released to the public, Ray told FBI employees that McGonigal’s alleged conduct does not represent the general conduct of the Bureau.

The FBI did not provide an internal message or comment, but officials did provide a statement regarding the accusations from Ray.

“The way we maintain the trust and confidence of the American public is through our work. Even if it was, it shows that we treated everyone equally,” Ray said in a statement.

“The FBI goes to great lengths to investigate and hold accountable anyone who violates the law, including when the individual is an FBI employee. Stay focused on your mission and doing the right thing, the right way, every time,” Ray said.

McGonigal, who has been indicted in two separate criminal cases in New York and Washington, D.C., said he received payments from Deripaska and, in another case, from an Albanian agent, to try to remove him from the sanctions list. It is To initiate criminal investigations against U.S. citizens.

McGonigal pleaded not guilty in the New York case and is expected to do the same when he appears before a federal magistrate in Washington on Wednesday.

“The arrest of the former Director of the Counterintelligence Director of the FBI New York Field Office on charges of money laundering related to Russian oligarchs with strong ties to President Putin has been linked to other existing FBI counterintelligence operations and national security investigations. It’s a significant development that could have jeopardized Russia and other topics,” Javed Ali, former senior counter-terrorism director at the National Security Council, told ABC News.

“Over the years, many of the most sensitive and important FBI counterintelligence investigations have been conducted in the New York office. We would have had a strategic view of the situation, we would need investigative techniques and methods to gather information and build evidence that could lead to criminal prosecution,” said the senior FBI official, now Ali, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, said.

Ali said the FBI “likely is conducting an internal assessment to determine how likely other cases constitute or if a risk has occurred.”

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