Biden’s disinformation czar registers as a foreign agent, gets involved in Russia projects
Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, has been registered as a foreign agent. She also has ties to former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes and a venture capitalist who has invested in a Russian telecommunications firm.
The Washington Post
November 20, 2016 1:32pm
Updated Monday, March 23 at 2:05pm
U.S. Sen. Joe Biden has registered as a foreign agent to work for the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to filings from the Justice Department. The move was first reported by The Hill.
Dillon, who helped run the Obama campaign’s field organization, is one of several top aides who have registered with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law requires those working on behalf of foreign governments to get federal approval to communicate with foreign governments. The DOJ said Dillon is not currently working on behalf of a foreign government, so she appears not to need to register.
Dillon has spent a year as an adviser to the Clinton campaign on “strategic and tactical issues including economic issues, immigration, national security and foreign policy,” according to a statement her attorney provided to The Huffington Post.
“Jen Dillon’s decision to play a role in U.S. government has been and will continue to be an honorable one,” said Dan Schwerin, chief of staff to former Rep. Joseph D’Alemberte, who was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee when the law was passed. “However, her involvement in such an important aspect of the election cycle as Russia and its ties to the U.S. presidential campaign sends an unfortunate message to the public that foreign interference in the election is okay.”
The Washington, D.C., office of the Federal Election Commission also reported that Dillon registered as a foreign agent under FARA, though it did not say how long she worked for the Clinton campaign.
The registration was filed just before the Clinton campaign launched its final push to raise money on Tuesday.
Biden and other top aides to Clinton’s campaign worked with a top aide to the Obama administration on a project involving Russia’s telecommunications company.
On Wednesday, Clinton campaign officials told reporters Hillary and Bill Clinton, as first lady and president