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Wall Street Law Firm Skadden Arps Admits to Lying to DOJ About Work for Manafort and Kremlin-Aligned Ukrainian President

The Wall Street law firm Skadden Arps, one of the largest firms in the world with 1,700 attorneys, admitted to misleading the Justice Department in 2012 about the nature of the work it did for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the Kremlin-aligned Ukrainian government, as part of a settlement with the DOJ announced Thursday.

The global firm, with reported annual revenue above $2.5 billion, will pay $4.6 million to the government and will retroactively register as a foreign agent under the under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

The investigation into the firm’s work, though handled by the Justice Department’s National Security division, grew out of the Mueller investigation and the special counsel’s examination of Paul Manafort’s political consulting in Ukraine. The work that was under investigation was a 2012 report that Skadden prepared for Kremlin-backed President Viktor Yanukovych to use against his political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko. Yanukovych used Skadden’s assessment of a corruption proceeding against Tymoshenko to bolster the state’s case in the trial that was seen by many as a political hit job.

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