Michael Flynn prosecution suggests more foreign agent prosecutions
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In this case, Bijan Rafiekian, the former business partner of Michael Flynn, the United States National Security Advisor, was indicted for Conspiracy To Act as an Agent of a Foreign Government and To Make False Statements and Willful Omissions in a FARA Filing and for Acting in the United States as an Agent of a Foreign Government in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Reuters interviewed Page about the Department of Justice’s recent interest in enforcing a law that requires the disclosure of lobbying for foreign countries after the charges for similar crimes against Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Samuel Patten, a political operative. Page said ““I don’t think anyone took that law very seriously but perhaps these indictments will change that…”
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