Rosenstein Comments on Uptick in FARA Indictments

Robert Mueller is reviving the Foreign Agents Registration Act, bringing nearly a half dozen indictments utilizing the law in cases related to Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

Josh Rosenstein, a lawyer with expertise in FARA compliance, said the Justice Department typically has followed its formal policy of encouraging voluntary compliance over prosecution. The rare instances in which violations led to prosecution, Rosenstein said, have been high-profile cases involving unfriendly regimes.

“FARA has been dangled as both a carrot and a stick as part of a negotiation for a plea,” Rosenstein said.

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