The United States Department of Justice has apparently asked people associated with the American arm of RT, formerly Russia Today, to register as foreign agents, the media outlet said on Monday. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.
RT, a news network with ties to the Kremlin, said Monday that a company associated with RT America received a letter from the Justice Department saying “the company is obligated to register” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. FARA is a statute from 1938 that requires Americans doing political work on behalf of foreign parties to disclose their relationships with those entities. The Justice Department is responsible for enforcing the statute.
The claim by RT coincided with a report by Yahoo News that on September 1, the FBI and Justice Department questioned Andrew Feinberg, a former White House reporter for Sputnik, another news outlet with ties to the Russian government. “They wanted to know where did my orders come from and if I ever got any direction from Moscow,” Feinberg said to Yahoo News. “They were interested in examples of how I was steered towards covering certain issues.” Feinberg had written about his experiences at the outlet.