NEW ORLEANS — The Justice Department will escalate its crackdown on illegal foreign influence operations in the United States, a senior Justice Department official said on Wednesday, violations that prosecutors have targeted with renewed vigor in recent years.
Prosecutors plan to pursue more cases of covert foreign influence, John C. Demers, the head of the Justice Department’s national security division, said at a conference in New Orleans on white-collar fraud.
The move, one of the first significant initiatives under Attorney General William P. Barr, shows that the Justice Department has made a priority one of the targets pursued by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III: potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires lobbyists and others to disclose any work they do to further the interests of foreign governments. Prosecutors had for decades mostly ignored such violations as lobbyists accepted millions of dollars from other nations.
Mr. Demers said that the department was overhauling its FARA enforcement unit and would assign Brandon L. Van Grack, a former prosecutor on Mr. Mueller’s team and a deputy chief in the national security division’s counterespionage unit, to oversee it. The new role shows that the department has shifted “from treating FARA as an administrative obligation and regulatory obligation to one that is increasingly an enforcement priority,” Mr. Demers said.
Mr. Van Grack was involved in some of the special counsel’s most high-profile prosecutions, including the cases against Paul Manafort and Michael T. Flynn, former top aides to President Trump.
The lobbying world had long been dismissive of the threat of prosecutions related to foreign influence or violations of FARA. For nearly a half-century, from 1966 until 2015, the Justice Department pursued only seven FARA cases, the department’s inspector general said in a report.
Mr. Van Grack temporarily left the Justice Department’s national security division to work with Mr. Mueller’s team, returning to his previous post in August after working on the indictments of Mr. Flynn, who pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to investigators, and Mr. Manafort. Mr. Manafort is due to be sentenced on Thursday in Northern Virginia on a conviction of financial crimes in a case that stemmed from his consulting work for a former pro-Russian president of Ukraine. During that trial, an unsavory picture emerged of the lawyers and consultants who netted big paydays for their work on behalf of foreign governments.
The abrupt end to Mr. Manafort’s career, which included work with foreign clients who wanted a say in American politics, had a chilling effect on the lobbying world.
As it delved into the work that occurs on behalf of foreign governments in the lobbying world, the special counsel’s office also investigated lawyers and lobbyists who worked on behalf of Ukranian entities, including Gregory B. Craig, the White House counsel under President Barack Obama and a lawyer for the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Craig left Skadden last spring.
In January, the law firm paid .6 million to settle a Justice Department investigation into whether its Ukraine-related work violated lobbying laws.B:
金牛网心水论坛【南】【宫】【如】【霜】【突】【然】【转】【过】【身】，【看】【着】【楼】【上】【的】【南】【宫】【伟】，【最】【终】【黯】【然】【回】【头】，【拉】【着】【我】【走】【出】【了】【别】【墅】【的】【大】【门】。 “【姐】【夫】，【小】【霜】【离】【家】【出】【走】【了】【这】【么】【长】【时】【间】，【怎】【么】【现】【在】【还】【是】【这】【副】【臭】【脾】【气】？【刚】【才】【还】【用】【红】【酒】【泼】【我】。”【肖】【竹】【青】【很】【生】【气】。 “【闭】【嘴】！”【南】【宫】【伟】【大】【吼】【了】【一】【声】，【肖】【竹】【青】【吓】【得】【一】【个】【激】【灵】，【再】【也】【不】【敢】【多】【言】【半】【句】。 【拉】【着】【我】【走】【出】【别】【墅】【的】【院】【子】，【南】【宫】【如】
【所】【谓】【断】【更】【一】【次】，【就】【会】【有】【无】【数】【次】。 【我】【又】【偷】【懒】【了】，【对】【不】【起】。 【本】【来】【想】【打】【很】【多】【字】【说】【明】【情】【况】【的】，【但】【那】【毫】【无】【意】【义】。 【借】【口】【终】【归】【是】【借】【口】。 【一】【天】【的】【时】【间】【挤】【一】【挤】，【码】【一】【章】【的】【量】【完】【全】【够】【了】，【但】【我】【却】【没】【有】【这】【么】【做】。 【是】【啊】，【我】【在】【逃】【避】【码】【字】。 【到】【了】【这】【一】【步】，【我】【也】【不】【知】【道】【该】【说】【些】【什】【么】【了】。 【思】【来】【想】【去】，【还】【是】【喊】【点】【口】【号】【吧】。
【才】【华】【充】【满】【深】【情】【的】【话】【音】【刚】【落】，【一】【阵】“【咕】【噜】【咕】【噜】”【声】【打】【破】【了】【室】【内】【气】【氛】。 “【那】【个】……【我】【饿】【了】。”【颜】【值】【摸】【了】【摸】【脑】【袋】，【不】【好】【意】【思】【地】【笑】【着】【说】。 “【那】【我】【现】【在】【开】【始】【准】【备】【锅】【底】，【马】【上】【就】【好】。” “【我】【帮】【你】。”【颜】【值】【提】【议】。 【才】【华】【点】【头】，【道】：“【那】【你】【去】【帮】【忙】【洗】【两】【副】【餐】【具】【放】【到】【饭】【桌】【上】。” “【嗯】，【好】。”【颜】【值】【点】【头】，【问】：“【餐】【具】【放】
【唐】【风】【运】【完】【功】【之】【后】，【轻】【轻】【地】【感】【觉】【了】【一】【下】，【觉】【得】【金】【玲】【体】【内】【的】【肿】【瘤】【君】【还】【没】【有】【长】【成】，【还】【不】【是】【采】【摘】【的】【时】【候】，【即】【便】【这】【样】，【但】【即】【便】【是】【这】【样】【的】【肿】【瘤】【君】【依】【然】【是】【能】【够】【要】【了】【金】【玲】【的】【性】【命】【了】。 【可】【见】【这】【肿】【瘤】【君】【是】【多】【么】【的】【霸】【道】。 【而】【唐】【风】【运】【往】【金】【玲】【体】【内】【的】【元】【气】，【自】【然】【也】【会】【助】【长】【肿】【瘤】【君】【的】【发】【育】。【因】【为】【元】【气】【在】【金】【玲】【的】【体】【内】【会】【化】【作】【金】【玲】【的】【生】【命】【赖】【以】【生】【存】【的】金牛网心水论坛【顾】【雍】【缓】【缓】【开】【口】【说】【道】： “【沮】【先】【生】【方】【才】【所】【言】【也】【是】【个】【办】【法】。” 【顿】【了】【顿】，【他】【继】【续】【说】【道】： “【然】【则】，【下】【官】【还】【是】【建】【议】【主】【公】，【先】【举】【行】【这】【个】【相】【亲】【大】【会】，【然】【后】【在】【发】【兵】【讨】【伐】【不】【迟】。” 【沮】【授】【面】【色】【微】【微】【一】【变】， 【正】【准】【备】【说】【话】，【哪】【料】【到】【顾】【雍】【继】【续】【开】【口】【道】： “【非】【是】【元】【叹】【不】【明】【白】【沮】【授】【先】【生】【之】【意】，【只】【是】【这】【相】【亲】【大】【会】【如】【若】【要】【进】【行】，【定】【然】【耗】
【难】【道】……【渣】【渣】【龙】【还】【真】【的】【是】【财】【神】【转】【世】？ 【否】【则】【怎】【么】【解】【释】【龙】【叔】【叔】【那】【样】【憨】【厚】【老】【实】【的】【人】，【会】【把】【生】【意】【做】【大】【做】【强】？ 【而】【且】【龙】【华】【原】【本】【也】【只】【是】【有】【点】【小】【钱】【而】【已】，【后】【来】【龙】【家】【却】【成】【了】【全】【国】【首】【富】，【甚】【至】【在】【世】【界】【上】【都】【是】【数】【得】【上】【数】【的】。 【云】【初】【朵】【想】【了】【一】【下】，【上】【次】【在】【月】【合】【仙】【宫】【见】【到】【财】【神】【大】【佬】，【已】【经】【是】【很】【久】【以】【前】【的】【事】【情】【了】。 【他】【似】【乎】【是】【去】【月】【合】【仙】【宫】【找】