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The Latest: RNC tells staff to retain 2016 campaign files

The Latest: RNC tells staff to retain 2016 campaign files

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign (all times local):

3 p.m.

The Republican National Committee is telling its staff to preserve all documents related to the 2016 presidential campaign because of the possibility that they may be requested by investigators probing Russia's meddling in the election.

The committee says in a memo to staff obtained by The Associated Press that it's taking the step because of its large role in national elections and the "potentially expansive scope of the inquiries." The committee says it has not been contacted by anyone involved in the investigations, including one led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and several undertaken by congressional committees.

The GOP also says it is not aware of any "improper or illegal activity" by any of its employees. The document preservation order applies to paper or electronic files including emails or files on mobile devices.

—Contributed by AP writer Julie Bykowicz


6 a.m.

A group of Democratic senators is introducing legislation to crack down on lobbyists who fail to disclose their work on behalf of foreign governments.

The legislation being introduced Monday would ensure the Justice Department has the authority to impose civil financial penalties on lobbyists who fail to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The bill is being introduced by Illinois senators Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

The foreign agents statute has received attention this year because several associates of President Donald Trump have belatedly disclosed their lobbying work. That includes campaign chairman Paul Manafort and fired national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Justice Department rarely prosecutes people for failing to register, with officials saying they prefer to seek voluntary compliance.

Updated : 2021-07-25 15:42 GMT+08:00