New US Executive Order to sanction foreign interference in US elections

Yesterday (12 September), the US issued a new Executive Order (EO) targeting foreign interference in US elections.

The EO requires the intelligence community and other Federal agencies to assess the extent of any foreign interference after every US election. If the US determines that any foreign interference has occurred, the EO authorises sanctions – some are asset freezing measures, others are to be designed and calibrated in light of specific facts – against any foreign individual, entity, or government that engages, assists, authorises, directs, sponsors, or otherwise supports foreign interference in a US election. See Statement from US President Trump, Presidential Message to the US Congress, and White House Factsheet.

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Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...

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