Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig Indicted for Alleged False Statements

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In fact, his former law firm, the Mail reported, "agreed to pay more than $4.6 million and publicly acknowledge that it failed to register with the government for its work for the Ukraine". The Justice Department said Craig lied about his work there to avoid having to register as a foreign agent.

Neither Craig nor Skadden registered as a foreign lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

He is the first prominent Democrat to be charged with a crime stemming out of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian collusion.

Craig, 74, is accused of lying to the Justice Department about his promotion of a 2012 report aimed at justifying the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's former prime minister and a political enemy of Viktor Yanukovych, the Moscow-friendly president of the country at the time.

"A truthful and complete FARA registration by CRAIG would have made a public record of the Private Ukrainian's role in funding the report, and the amounts he paid to the Law Firm", the indictment reads. Like Manafort, who also worked with Yanukovych, Craig did not register as a foreign agent for this work. I certainly did not lobby any U.S. officials on behalf of Ukraine. They said federal prosecutors in NY had declined charges, but they expected an indictment to be brought by the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington at the request of the Justice Department's national security division.

Greg Craig, the former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, was violations in an agreement that foreshadowed a possible charges against Craig. "Proper registration under the statute allows the US government and the American people to evaluate the statements and activities of individuals who are serving as agents of foreign principals".

Craig's indictment is part of a Justice Department crackdown on unregistered foreign lobbying and consulting.

Obama had hired Craig when he was elected.

McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, told Dana Perino that the "clock was ticking" when it came to charges against Craig, especially after Mueller indicted Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who worked with Craig.

In March, Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to nearly four years in jail in the USA state of Virginia over bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine.

Craig's lawyers, William Taylor and William Murphy of Zuckerman Spaeder, said in the statement that Craig prepared the report "as an independent expert on the rule of law, not as an advocate for the client".

Craig refused to sign on to the effort, which involved background conversations with reporters, because it would contradict his and Skadden's position that it wasn't acting as a lobbyist for Ukraine, prosecutors said. 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.

The federal investigation began as an offshoot of the Mueller probe that was later handed off to Manhattan federal prosecutors.

A second attorney at the firm pleaded guilty previous year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his role in the Ukraine report, saying he gave an early copy to Manafort and deleted related emails.

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