Greg Craig Pleads Not Guilty to Lying About Foreign Lobbying

A former White House Counsel under President Barack Obama Greg Craig leaves the U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

Craig maintains that he never concealed information or misled the Justice Department, and he is confident he'll beat the charges.

"President Obama's top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges", Trump tweeted Friday. The indictment, announced by the US attorney for the District of Columbia, came a day after Craig's lawyers said he expected to be charged in the probe spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

A Washington-based lawyer, Craig allegedly lied to Mueller's office during an interview past year about work that his law firm did for the Ukrainian government in 2012 and 2013.

His attorneys had called the case a "a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion" and said the Justice Department's national security division pushed to indict Craig despite federal prosecutors in NY declining to bring charges, an assertion that couldn't immediately be verified.

On Friday morning, President Trump used his Twitter account to inform his almost 60 million followers about a story he suggested the "corrupt" media is deliberately downplaying: the indictment of one of former President Obama's top legal advisers, Gregory B. Craig.

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty in September to, among other charges, serving as an unregistered foreign agent and giving false and misleading statements under the FARA statute.

Specifically, Craig and the law firm were commissioned by Yanukovych and Ukraine's government to write a report to assess whether the government's prosecution of dissident Yulia Tymoshenko - a criminal case that was criticized widely as an abuse of power - was a "fair trial". John Edwards and James Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was investigated and charged for leaking classified information.

"Hiding the truth of who one represents from policymakers undermines our political discourse and diminishes the quality of our policymaking because people need the facts for democracy to work", Berman Jackson said.

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.

Greg Craig indicted over Ukrainian government connections; Mike Emanuel has the details. The law firm that he is associated with paid a fine of $4.6 million dollars, which was essentially what they got paid for the report. But he did not register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for the government of Ukraine. Mueller had referred the case to the Southern District of NY, but that office has not brought these charges.

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