".stamped.indictment. -.april.2019.pdf" class="local_link" target="_blank">indicted Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic attorney who worked for two presidents, charging him with false statements and concealing material information in connection with work he performed for Ukraine.
Prosecutors say he misleadingly instructed his law firm - Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom - not to register under federal lobbying requirements because he feared being locked from future government positions.
Craig, a 74-year-old lawyer based in Washington, D.C., was charged by the Justice Department's Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, unit.
Manafort's case was the first to be brought by Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 us presidential election and interactions between Russian officials and Trump associates. The law firm also agreed to register retroactively as a foreign agent of the Ukrainian government. I certainly did not lobby any United States officials on behalf of Ukraine. Craig's lawyers said they believe the NY prosecutors declined to prosecute the case.
Craig, a high-powered Beltway lawyer, served as President Barack Obama's top White House lawyer during the former president's first year in office. If convicted, Mr. Craig could face up to five years in prison for each charge.
According to the formal indictment of Craig, which the Department of Justice released Thursday afternoon, the Democrat superlawyer "did unlawfully, knowingly, and willfully falsify, conceal, and cover up" his work on behalf of the Ukrainian government.
But human rights advocates say the report had been engineered by Yanukovych's government and had whitewashed the jailing of his political opponent.
The political consulting of that era is the origin of the legal troubles for Craig and Skadden: Manafort helped arrange for Ukraine's then-pro-Russian government to hire the law firm at the time the regime was Manafort's client.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said he would be satisfied hearing only from Barr and not Mueller. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence Mueller presented did not amount to an obstruction charge.
Greg Craig, a white house counsel under the Obama administration has been formally charged.
It was transferred out of SDNY because, after examining Craig's case, federal prosecutors in NY concluded they had insufficient evidence to bring charges against him, CNN has reported. "Mueller referred the Craig case to prosecutors in NY a year ago after uncovering possible wrongdoing while he investigated former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Ukraine lobbying work" adds the author. Craig - while on the payroll of the Yanukovych government - found that the Yanukovych government's prosecution of its opponent met worldwide standards, in a report that was widely dismissed as a whitewash.
"Mr. Craig repeatedly refused requests that he participate in Ukraine's media and lobbying campaign to promote the Tymoshenko Report", they wrote. Spokesmen for the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's office declined to comment.
Craig privately had reservations about Tymoshenko's treatment but left them out of the report, the indictment said.
Craig's attorneys met with Justice Department prosecutors in recent days in a bid to avoid charges against him, CNN has reported.
They said he spoke to reporters at The New York Times about the report to "make certain that the Times would accurately summarize the report's criticisms of the Tymoshenko trial and not rely on misinformation from Ukraine and its representatives". The firm also acknowledged it had been paid $4.6 million for the report and not just $12,000, as the Ukrainian government had said at the time.
Though the investigation into Craig began with Mueller, he handed it off to Manhattan federal prosecutors.