Lobbyists for Nord Stream 2 pipeline evade ‘foreign agent’ laws in spite of confirmed status

Lobbyists for Nord Stream 2 pipeline evade ‘foreign agent’ laws in spite of confirmed status
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[Ed. – The relevant U.S. agencies confirm the lobbyists’ clients – Nord Stream 2 principals – meet the definition for FARA registration.  But the Biden administration is letting them slide.  Emphasis added.]

Lobbyists for Nord Stream 2 have come under renewed scrutiny after the Biden administration waived sanctions that would have halted construction of the 764-mile pipeline, which will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany. Biden administration officials have defended the controversial waiver, saying they do not want to harm relations with Germany by imposing sanctions to block construction on the pipeline.

Sources tell the Washington Free Beacon that Nord Stream 2’s lobbyists should still have to register as agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Lobbying Congress for a Russian geopolitical power grab is pretty much the definition of why FARA was created, so Americans would know who was pushing foreign interests,” said a Republican national security veteran who works on the Nord Stream 2 issue.

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