A San Francisco-based FBI special agent lied under oath about discussions he had with big tech companies that suppressed The Post’s reporting on the contents of first son Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drive before the 2020 election, according to an internal Facebook document.
Elvis Chan made false statements about his communications with Facebook over the bombshell October 2020 reports that revealed Hunter involved his dad Joe in business deals with foreign nationals, internal communications obtained by the House Judiciary Committee show.
A Facebook employee said in an Oct. 15, 2020, message that he had spoken with Chan, who said he was “up to speed” on the FBI’s probe of Hunter’s laptop and “that there was no current evidence to suggest any foreign connection or direction of the leak.”
Chan had shared the information during a “follow up” phone call with the employee following a conversation the day before between the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force and Facebook officials, during which the bureau declined to comment on whether the laptop was “real.”
But in sworn testimony on Nov. 29, 2022, Chan said he had “no internal knowledge of that investigation” and twice claimed he never communicated with Facebook beyond the one conference call with the FBI task force.
Disgraced FBI counterintelligence chief who investigated Trump’s debunked Kremlin ties is set to plead guilty to colluding with RUSSIA and illegally working for an oligarch
- Court records show a change of plea hearing for Charles McGonigal
- McGonigal served as top FBI official in New York during Russia probe
- Charles McGonigal had previously pleaded not guilty.
A former FBI agent accused by U.S. prosecutors of working for sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska may change his plea in relation to criminal charges of evading U.S. sanctions and money laundering, court records showed on Monday.
Charles McGonigal had previously pleaded not guilty. A change of plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Jennifer Rearden in Manhattan has been scheduled for Aug. 15.
McGonigal served as a top FBI counterintelligence official in New York during the Russia probe of former President Donald Trump
During a status conference last week, McGonigal lawyer Seth DuCharme said there was a ‘decent chance the case is going to be resolved.’
Prosecutors in January said McGonigal, who led the FBI’s counterintelligence division in New York before retiring in 2018, received concealed payments from Deripaska in exchange for investigating a rival oligarch and unsuccessfully pushed in 2019 to lift U.S. sanctions on Deripaska.
The charges against McGonigal came as U.S. prosecutors ramped up efforts to enforce sanctions on Russian officials and police their alleged enablers in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
Deripaska, the founder of Russian aluminum company Rusal, was among two dozen Russian oligarchs and government officials blacklisted by Washington in 2018 in reaction to Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.