Avlon: The Trump administration acts like the law doesn't apply to them
03:21 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Federal prosecutors charged a Russian man who allegedly worked as a manager in the Russian government’s US-election interference efforts with conspiracy to steal the identities of Americans to open bank and cryptocurrency accounts.

The charges announced Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, against Artem Mikhaylovich Lifshits, 27, of St. Petersburg, Russia, were part of the US government’s public response against Russians who the US says are involved in the Russian election interference operation.

The Treasury Department announced sanctions against Lifshits and two others allegedly part of what the US named Project Lakhta, the Russian-based effort to conduct political and electoral influence in the US ahead of the November elections.

The Trump administration said that the so-called Project Lakhta has been working since 2014 to disrupt and sow distrust of the US political system and