The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report calls on political campaigns to build protections against becoming channels for illicit foreign state influence. But lawmakers should also consider reforming the law.
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On Thursday, April 11, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former White House Counsel Greg Craig.
W. Samuel Patten's legal team has filed a sentencing memorandum with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking no prison time for their client. Patten pleaded guilty in August 2018 to failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal for his work on behalf of the Ukrainian political party, Opposition Bloc, a Russia-allied political group.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers annouced that the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has entered into a settlement with the Department of Justice regarding its liability for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), specifically concerning its work for the government of Ukraine, which was commissioned in part by Paul Manafort.
Longtime Washington political operative W. Samuel Patten was charged on Friday for failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal under 22 U.S.C. §§612 and 618(a)(1). The Justice Department alleges that between 2014 and 2018, Patten acted on behalf of the Ukrainian political party, Opposition Bloc, a Russia-allied political group.
To read a lot of media coverage, and to listen to her lawyer, you would think Mariia Butina, the Russian national accused of conspiring to influence U.S. policy as an agent of the Russian Federation, was charged with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
On Monday, the Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint and supporting affidavit against Mariia Butina, a Russian national, for conspiring to act as a foreign agent in violation of
Australia passed national security and foreign interference laws at the end of June that Attorney General Christian Porter has called the country’s biggest counterintelligence overhaul in decades.
Last week on Lawfare's Foreign Policy feed, I explained how the indictment of Paul Manafort for failing to register as a foreign agent may signal that the Department of Justice may be ramping up enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The piece begins: