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Is Mueller taking legal short-cut in Russian troll case?

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Petersburg-based Concord Management and Consulting, contends that Mueller’s prosecutors are trying to make an end-run around the high legal standard typically applied in criminal cases stemming from federal election law. Instead, they note that their case accuses the Russians of trying to subvert the Federal Election Commission, Justice’s foreign agent requirements and State’s visa process. The prosecutors insist they don’t have to look to each law involved to see the precise standard that would apply, but they do note that one can be convicted of visa fraud under a lower "knowing" standard, not involving "willfulness.

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