Brandon Van Grack spoke to the New York Times about the FBI attempting to recruit Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who then turned on the bureau a decade later as he recruited one of its top spy catchers, Charles McGonigal, to carry out work that they say violated U.S. sanctions.

"Since at least 2016, Russia has been a central counterintelligence focus of the FBI and U.S. government," said Brandon, who was a prosecutor for Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. "This former agent was as acutely aware of the concern as anyone at the FBI."

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