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Document: Greg Craig Indicted on FARA Charges

On Thursday, April 11, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former White House Counsel Greg Craig. Craig is charged with willfully falsifying and concealing material facts in violation of 18 USC § 1001(a) from the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit of the Justice Department's National Security Division and making false statements to the FARA unit in violation of 22 USC § 618(a)(2).

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Document: W. Samuel Patten Sentencing Memoranda

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.

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Document: Skadden Settlement Agreement with Department of Justice

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.

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Document: W. Samuel Patten Charged With Acting as an Agent of a Foreign Power

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. The case was reportedly referred to the Justice Department National Security Division by the special counsel's office.

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Document: Justice Department Charges Russian National for Conspiracy to Act as a Foreign Agent

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 18 U.S.C. §371. The full documents are below. 

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Congress and Counterintelligence: The Unique Vulnerabilities of the U.S. Congress to Malign Foreign Influence

The United States needs more than the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) to ensure that our legislators and their staffers are transparent about their contacts with foreign actors who may be seeking to exert influence.

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