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senate Bill S. 1762

Should Enforcement & Punishment of Foreign Agents Registration Act Violations Be Increased?

Argument in favor

A perceived lack of consequences has led to little FARA compliance by lobbyists, who influence U.S. politics without disclosing their foreign relationships. Giving FARA teeth and empowering the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to investigate FARA violations will help improve compliance with this law and keep foreign influence out of U.S. politics.

RjGoodman's Opinion
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10/14/2019
With ambiguous investigative responsibilities and a perceived lack of consequences has led to little FARA compliance by lobbyists, who influence U.S. politics without disclosing their foreign relationships. By giving FARA more severe consequences and assigning the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to investigate FARA violations will help improve compliance with this law and keep foreign influence out of U.S. politics.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/14/2019
I suppose I will support Sen Grassley's bill. However, I believed we had protection against foreign governments. Of course, we find out the prior bills to protect us was a toothless bill, so another bill is in the hopper. In this case, I shall demure to Sen Grassley, who has always appeared to be a Patriot against Liberals and progressive socialists.
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One4All4One's Opinion
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10/13/2019
Congress must cleanse its self of all the criminals (including the senate), obstructionists, and foreign agents (like Moscow Mitch). Until we get people in Congress who support our Constitution instead of abuse it for their personal and party gain America will continue to swirl around the bowl headed for the sewers. It would also help if the MAGAts would learn (and care) about facts versus lies, try to save our environment, and do without their their AKs like most responsible adults.
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Argument opposed

The DOJ is already ramping up its FARA enforcement, as evidenced by the seven FARA-related criminal prosecutions stemming from the Mueller investigation. There’s no need to further enhance FARA legislatively — the DOJ merely needs to continue doing what it’s already doing.

jimK's Opinion
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10/14/2019
DrCindyBean: I agree with you completely. I think putting investigative and punitive teeth into foreign lobbyist protection is a good thing to do generally. But, we have to have a DOJ that is not overwhelmingly directed to shielding the President. I think the greater issue is in putting controls on the independence of the DOJ and its mission from being used to support a presidential political agenda. Kind of like it mostly was in the past. Sadly, I think this will have to be formalized to prevent future abuse of an AG acting as a president's personal attorney and enlisting the extensive DOJ apparatus to shield the president from constitutional oversight.
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Hindsight2020's Opinion
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10/13/2019
Why impeach: Just released 10,000 Isis fighters into the world when he betrayed the Kurds. Our allies who have fought against Isis right beside our troops for years. They are being slaughtered right now. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. Refusing to comply with the law. Using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. Acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. Blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. Has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. Invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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10/14/2019
NOT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE DOJ IS A TRUMP PUPPET & WILL NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT & WILL USE IT AGAINST THOSE WHO TRUMP IS AFRAID OF BECAUSE THEY SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM & HIS MINONS.
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    IntroducedJune 10th, 2019
    With ambiguous investigative responsibilities and a perceived lack of consequences has led to little FARA compliance by lobbyists, who influence U.S. politics without disclosing their foreign relationships. By giving FARA more severe consequences and assigning the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to investigate FARA violations will help improve compliance with this law and keep foreign influence out of U.S. politics.
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    DrCindyBean: I agree with you completely. I think putting investigative and punitive teeth into foreign lobbyist protection is a good thing to do generally. But, we have to have a DOJ that is not overwhelmingly directed to shielding the President. I think the greater issue is in putting controls on the independence of the DOJ and its mission from being used to support a presidential political agenda. Kind of like it mostly was in the past. Sadly, I think this will have to be formalized to prevent future abuse of an AG acting as a president's personal attorney and enlisting the extensive DOJ apparatus to shield the president from constitutional oversight.
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    Why impeach: Just released 10,000 Isis fighters into the world when he betrayed the Kurds. Our allies who have fought against Isis right beside our troops for years. They are being slaughtered right now. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. Refusing to comply with the law. Using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. Acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. Blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. Has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. Invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    NOT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE DOJ IS A TRUMP PUPPET & WILL NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT & WILL USE IT AGAINST THOSE WHO TRUMP IS AFRAID OF BECAUSE THEY SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM & HIS MINONS.
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    I think we need this corrupt criminal trump regime out before any changes are made. trump and trump’s corrupt criminal regime use and misuse and abuse - every chance they get - they turn every thing into weapons to bludgeon anyone who disagrees with trump- anyone who stands up against his lies and bullying. Impeach trump. Remove trump and trump’s corrupt criminal regime from our government. Now.
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    Impeach! And remove the real foreign asset!
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    Congress must cleanse its self of all the criminals (including the senate), obstructionists, and foreign agents (like Moscow Mitch). Until we get people in Congress who support our Constitution instead of abuse it for their personal and party gain America will continue to swirl around the bowl headed for the sewers. It would also help if the MAGAts would learn (and care) about facts versus lies, try to save our environment, and do without their their AKs like most responsible adults.
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    I suppose I will support Sen Grassley's bill. However, I believed we had protection against foreign governments. Of course, we find out the prior bills to protect us was a toothless bill, so another bill is in the hopper. In this case, I shall demure to Sen Grassley, who has always appeared to be a Patriot against Liberals and progressive socialists.
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    I think the key here is to enforce what’s there already to work with. If people are not complying or enforcing the laws or rules what good is changing it going to do.
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    Go ahead and increase penalties if it makes Republicans feel like they are cracking down on FARA violations. But keep in mind there were no widespread violations before Trump was illegally put in office. And it’s doubtful if there will be a big issue after he is gone. Corrupt politicians beget corrupt followers with money.
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    Grassley is desperate to look like a *good Republican. Newsflash, Chuck: you’re done and so is your caveman party of traitors and bigots.
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    This bill is Grassley trying to look like he is doing something, when in fact, it’s already being done. Impeach Grassley, impeach Trump, let the country be run by its people and not wealthy oligarchs.
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    Obviously the DOJ is not doing a good enough job of enforcing these laws in a way to keep people from still violating it. Giuliani and Manafort are good examples of the influence that foreign agents may exert on the very top of our government. In order to protect our democracy from foreign interference, all lobbyists must be investigated and held accountable.
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    This is a serious matter, made more serious by decline in ethical behavior, loyalty to our country and morality. The punishment should be severe enough to ensure that such activity is not even considered by anyone.
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    The United States can not allow foreign operatives to continue to hide behind diplomatic immunity.
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    If this were any other administration or DOJ I would say yes. We must now accept our government is not whole. Our president’s intentions are obviously not in the best interest of America or the American people! I envision this Bill, should it pass, being weaponized for the political purpose of a rouge President, GOP and DOJ. Enough is enough! IMPEACH! Sweep the trash from our government, then deal with good common sense legislature that plugs holes that have allowed this to happen and asses severe, nonnegotiable penalties for those who place no more regard for our government than what they an steal from it. And while I am at it, I don’t know which ambassadors own their own planes, but I know the American people had damn well better not be paying for their use!
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    UH...NOPE DO WE REALLY TRUST THE DOJ?? THE PERSONAL ATTORNEY FOR THAT MORON IN THE WHITE HOUSE?? UH HUH!!
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    Foreign Agents Disclosure and Registration Enhancement Act , hopefully American First and the NRA will register as Russian agents! Grassley may need to watch what he hopes for, the republicans are back by Russian operatives and have money funneling to them through PAC’s! All PAC’s should have to disclose donors and source of money! Hunter Biden is nothing compare to Ivanka Trump and Jared Corey Kushner involvement in foreign countries, they are part of this administration and is a conflict of interest!
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    Grassley is a sneaky fuck. Exactly who does he define as a foreign agent: Clinton? Biden? Trump? What are the criteria? Who determines and what’s the evidentiary threshold? Fuck you Gr-Ass-ley. Another Republican wolf in sheep’s clothing stink bomb. Traitor.
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    Too much government already.
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