Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig expects to be indicted
Apr 13 2019
"This case was thoroughly investigated by the SDNY and that office decided not to pursue charges against Mr. Craig", Craig's legal team said in a statement.
Craig's case is one of several that originated in Special CounselRobert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and were later referred by Mueller to other us prosecutors for further investigation.
Craig's attorneys denied that he is guilty on any charges.
The Justice Department's case now against Craig may not involve FARA, according to his lawyers, but may depend upon accounts he gave to investigators about a conversation he had with a New York Times correspondent about the Ukraine report.
A prominent Washington attorney who worked in Barack Obama'sWhite House on Thursday became the first Democrat to face charges from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling.
According to the Post, Craig was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the time - a position he resigned in April 2018 amid an investigation into whether the firm's partners had failed to register as foreign lobbyists while working with Ukraine. In January Skadden paida fine amounting $4,6 million within the deal with the U.S. General Prosecutor's Office to prevent criminal persecution for violation of the law on registration of foreign agents.
"Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government's stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion". That includes a case against Manafort, who was recently sentenced to more than seven years in prison.
The settlement painted an unflattering picture of Craig's conduct.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, the NY law firm that produced the report, settled with the Justice Department in January by promising to retroactively register as a foreign agent for Ukraine and agreeing to disgorge the $4.6 million it was paid for the work. In its settlement, Skadden agreed that the Justice Department's 2014 finding that the firm did not need to register came after the agency relied on "false and misleading oral and written statements" made by Craig.
The report was billed as independent, and while critical in some ways of Tymoshenko's trial, critics have said it whitewashed a politically motivated prosecution.
FARA is a law requiring a person lobbying or doing public relations for foreign interests to disclose that work to the Justice Department.
They said that Craig "did not lie to his former firm or the government" and that his contact with The New York Times was meant to ensure that the newspaper accurately summarized the way the report criticized Tymoshenko's trial.