A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed a Russian company’s claim that it is being selectively prosecuted based on its nationality, rejecting arguments that the U.S. Justice Department’s civil settlement with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom was evidence of the disparate treatment from prosecutors.
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, a Trump appointee serving on the trial court since 2017, drew a stark distinction between the criminal accusations the special counsel’s office levied against the Russian firm, Concord Management and Consulting, and the civil claims that Skadden had failed in 2012 to properly disclose its work for Ukraine under U.S. lobbying rules.
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