Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

By Jimmy Hoover (January 18, 2019, 10:06 PM EST) -- Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013.

Excerpts of the emails were released Thursday by the DOJ after it announced a $4.6 million settlement with Skadden for alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law requiring people to register any U.S. political lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

The emails show how lawyers at the high-priced firm were initially cautious about...

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