Rosenstein Comments on Potential FARA Violation for Michael Cohen

Information released Tuesday on Michael Cohen’s activities, including his bank records, show that work he did for Swiss company, Novartis, may have triggered the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and made him criminally liable.

Rosenstein believes that given Novartis’ status as a Swiss company, public reporting and Novartis’ statements, it seems likely that Novartis would be treated as a foreign principal in this case. He continues,


“Novartis AG is a Swiss company, and from public reporting—and from Novartis’s own statements, it appears that the foreign company was directly involved in the agreement with Mr. Cohen,” he said. “Foreign corporations undertaking political activities in the US are treated as foreign principals under FARA.”

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