The Department of Justice National Security Division has accused two individuals of acting covertly on behalf of the government of Iran.
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It isn’t every day that the Department of Justice acknowledges formally that the president of the United States lied in a speech to Congress. But that’s how I read a letter I received a few days ago from the department.
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.
Last week, the National Security Division of the Justice Department celebrated its 10th anniversary by holding a major conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Judge Laurence Silberman, the intellectual and policy force behind the division's creation, spoke about the birth of NSD with Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes.
Trump's speech on terrorism implied that DOJ is not currently as aggressive as it might and should be when it comes to material support prosecutions. What baloney.