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The prominent law firm Skadden Arps reached a civil settlement with federal law enforcement today over work it performed in Ukraine on Paul Manafort's request, the Justice Department announced in a statement. The firm agreed to pay $4.6 million that it secretly received for the work that it performed on behalf of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, and agreed to retroactively register as a foreign agent of the Ukrainian government.

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DOJ Press Release:

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, resolving its liability for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.

According to the Agreement, Skadden acted as an agent of the Government of Ukraine within the meaning of FARA, 22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq., by contributing to a public relations campaign directed at select members of the U.S. news media in 2012. Moreover, in 2012 and 2013, Skadden received multiple inquiries from the Department's FARA Registration Unit about its role in that campaign. A partner then at Skadden made false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, which led it to conclude in 2013 that the firm was not obligated to register under FARA. The facts, when uncovered, showed that Skadden was indeed required to register in 2012, and, under the Agreement, it will do so retroactively.

"Law firms should handle inquiries from the federal government the same way they would counsel their clients to: with appropriate due diligence to ensure the honesty of their response," said Assistant Attorney General Demers. "Skadden's failure to do so, and reliance on only the representations of the lead partner on the matter, hid from the public that its report was part of a Ukrainian foreign influence campaign. FARA protects the integrity of the American political system by enabling Americans to consider the identity of the speaker as they evaluate the substance of the speech." Assistant Attorney General Demers added, "The Department appreciates Skadden's more recent extensive cooperation in the investigation of this matter, which facilitated its resolution."

In addition to agreeing to register under FARA, Skadden has agreed to pay the U.S. Treasury more than $4.6 million, which it received in fees and expenses for its work with Ukraine, and will ensure that it has formal, robust procedures for responding to inquiries concerning its conduct from any federal government entity and ensuring FARA compliance as to its engagements on behalf of foreign clients.

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MFA:

The settlement agreement itself states that it only resolves the case against the law firm. Craig reportedly remains under investigation for his involvement.

Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal

Civil settlement resolves Department of Justice national security inquiry into violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

www.justice.gov

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-17 05:00 PM | Reply

Settlement agreement:

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#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-17 05:14 PM | Reply

Notable that the Settlement Agreement allows the DOJ to pursue any "former partner, clients and their associates implicated in the matters related hereto in criminal and/or civil proceedings" and that Skadden agrees to make any current and former partners available for testimony related thereto.

Translation: Craig (and maybe Podesta) are going down.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-01-17 06:25 PM | Reply

As an aside, the DC lobbying arm of my old firm has been registered under FARA for decades, so it strains credulity that Skadden/Craig/Podesta didn't know that this was a requirement.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-01-17 06:27 PM | Reply

This could be huge if prosecutors are not scared off by politicians. What you see with cases like this is that Republicans and Democrats work together great (Manafort + Podesta) when it comes to collecting lobbying (bribe) money. Some people still wonder how politicians come to Washington broke but leave as multi-millionaires on a $180K job. If they follow the money in this, it goes pretty much goes from Tony Podesta directly to buy off top Democrats like his brother serving in Obama's administration. I want a full accounting. GOP, Dem - if they took money, throw them in jail.

#5 | Posted by nobiasposter101 at 2019-01-17 09:25 PM | Reply

I should add a 5am no-knock raid on Tony Podesta's house is in order if we have equal justice under the law. Heck, we might even save some kids.

#6 | Posted by nobiasposter101 at 2019-01-17 09:44 PM | Reply

Interesting:

Tami Burages @tburages

So now that Skadden Arps had to register with FARA, shouldn't @BenShapiro have to register for writing this story to further their operation? Who directed him to write this?

Jewish Leaders Blame Hillary Clinton For 'Legitimizing' Ukraine's Neo-Nazi Party

www.breitbart.com

I can't imagine Shapiro is feeling particularly relaxed right now. Right after that piece was written, Gates emailed Manafort with "Here is the first part of a series of articles that will be coming."

twitter.com

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-17 11:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Ben Shapiro should be forced to register as an agent of Israel.

#8 | Posted by nobiasposter101 at 2019-01-18 12:38 AM | Reply

He wasn't working for Israel there. It was Russia calling the shots.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2019-01-18 12:58 AM | Reply

Please stop! I can't stand all the winning!

#10 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-01-18 04:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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