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.
Latest in Foreign Agents Registration Act
Some media outlets—and Butina’s defense attorney—say the Russian national is accused of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act. They’re wrong.
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.
The package includes broad new offenses and a foreign agent registration scheme aimed not merely at catching people engaged in foreign interference but also providing transparency to the public and investigative powers to authorities.
Paul Manafort's arrest may signal that the Justice Department will start enforcing a law requiring lobbyists of foreign governments to register as foreign agents.
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.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort retroactively filed disclosure forms under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Lawfare summarized all you need to know about what's in the 87-page document.