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Mikhaila Fogel is an associate editor at Lawfare and a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. She previously worked as a legislative correspondent for national security and foreign affairs issues in the Office of Sen. Susan Collins. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where she majored in British history and literature and minored in government and Arabic.
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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed the affidavit in support of the arrest of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Assange was indicted on March 6 for for conspiring to commit computer intrusions by assisting Chelsea Manning with breaking a U.S. government password. He is charged for violations of 18 U.S.C. §§371, 1030(a)(1), 1030(a)(2) and 1030(c)(2)(B)(ii).
On Thursday, April 11, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former White House Counsel Greg Craig. Craig is charged with willfully falsifying and concealing material facts in violation of 18 USC § 1001(a) from the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit of the Justice Department's National Security Division and making false statements to the FARA unit in violation of 22 USC § 618(a)(2).
Attorney General Bill Barr announced on Wednesday, April 10, that the Mueller report will be released next week.
W. Samuel Patten's legal team has filed a sentencing memorandum with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking no prison time for their client. Patten pleaded guilty in August 2018 to failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal for his work on behalf of the Ukrainian political party, Opposition Bloc, a Russia-allied political group.
On Thursday, Justice Department Spokesperson Kerri Kupec released a statement, included in full below, regarding Attorney General Bill Barr's letter concerning the Mueller report.
Document: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Requests Public Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material
Today, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed an application in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for an order authorizing the public release of grand jury material “cited, quoted, or referenced” in Special Counsel Mueller's report to Attorney General Bill Barr.