Former Obama White House Counsel Gregory Craig Indictment Unsealed -

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Looks like an ex-Obama guy got busted for concealing his lobbying efforts in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Obama administration White House counsel Greg Craig expects to be charged in a foreign lobbying investigation spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, his lawyers said.

“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,” the attorneys, William Taylor and William Murphy, said in a statement Wednesday.

The investigation into Craig comes as the Justice Department is cracking down on unregistered foreign lobbying and consulting. Federal prosecutors in New York have been investigating two prominent Washington lobbying firms in a similar probe, and Justice Department officials in Washington have been increasingly willing to prosecute people who they believe intentionally conceal their lobbying work from the federal government.

The scrutiny of Craig stems from an investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his work on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. If filed, the charges would come about three months after Craig’s former law firm 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 civil settlement with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP laid much of the blame for the firm’s conduct on Craig, who was a senior partner.

Craig’s lawyers did not say why they expect him to be charged. They said federal prosecutors in New York 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.

The lawyers’ assertion could not be confirmed Wednesday evening. Spokesmen for the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment.

Craig is a prominent Washington attorney and was the first White House counsel to former President Barack Obama. In private practice, his clients have included former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was charged in a leaks investigation.

The work that drew the Justice Department’s attention occurred in 2012 when Craig and Skadden were hired by the Ukrainian government to compile a report on the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister. Tymoshenko was a political opponent of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was a longtime Manafort patron.

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.

In its settlement earlier this year, Skadden acknowledged it participated in a public relations campaign for the report and should have registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, because of it. 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 settlement painted an unflattering picture of Craig’s conduct.

In 2012 and 2013, the firm’s work attracted the attention of the Justice Department, which sought to determine whether the firm should register under FARA. But according to the settlement, a senior partner matching Craig’s description made several “false and misleading” statements to the government, allowing the firm to avoid registration.

In the statement Wednesday, Craig’s lawyers denied that he lied to the government or his firm. They acknowledged that Craig spoke to reporters about the report but denied it was part of a public relations campaign that would run afoul of FARA.

“Mr. Craig repeatedly refused requests that he participate in Ukraine’s media and lobbying campaign to promote the Tymoshenko Report,” they wrote.

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.”

FARA is a decades-old law meant to allow Americans to know when foreign entities are trying to influence public opinion or policymakers. The law, enacted in 1938 to unmask Nazi propaganda in the United States, requires people to disclose to the Justice Department when they advocate, lobby or perform public relations work in the U.S. on behalf of a foreign government or political entity.

In the last few years, the Justice Department has brought several high-profile prosecutions involving FARA. That includes a case against Manafort, who was recently sentenced to more than seven years in prison.
Unsurprisingly federal prosecutors in NY do not seem interested in pursuing charges proving once again that we do not have equal justice in this country. If this guy was on the right or associated with Trump instead of Obama he'd be charged.

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Looks like an ex-Obama guy got busted for concealing his lobbying efforts in Ukraine.



Unsurprisingly federal prosecutors in NY do not seem interested in pursuing charges proving once again that we do not have equal justice in this country. If this guy was on the right or associated with Trump instead of Obama he'd be charged.

AP Coverage

Actual Indictment
Hey look, someone illegally colluding with a foreign government! Of course he's not in any trouble, he worked for Saint Obama.
 

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Looks like an ex-Obama guy got busted for concealing his lobbying efforts in Ukraine.



Unsurprisingly federal prosecutors in NY do not seem interested in pursuing charges proving once again that we do not have equal justice in this country. If this guy was on the right or associated with Trump instead of Obama he'd be charged.
Anything the US is involved in this close to the Russian border is almost guaranteed to be shady as fuck.

On page five of the indictment it talks of a certain firm being "with us in the battle", i should stress this is from 2012 so pre-Crimea, it also mentions how "Ukraine is taking a public relations hit every day in western publication" so we might expect there was some kind of propaganda program likely pushed by those who wanted to re-orient Ukraine towards the west.

Bottom line whatever the US was up to in Ukraine it does Trump about as much good as it does Obama to draw attention to it.
 

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Yeah we'll see. But they knew about this guy before they went after trump, and manafort, for essentially the same thing. Manafort gets 7 years, this dude might have to pay a fine?
Didn't Manafort only get 43 months for the lobbying? The rest of the sentence was from the Virginia case for his other shady business dealings.
 

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Yeah we'll see. But they knew about this guy before they went after trump, and manafort, for essentially the same thing. Manafort gets 7 years, this dude might have to pay a fine?
To me, this is the bottom line: one can claim Manafort's prosecution wasn't politically motivated when Tony Podesta goes down for basically the same crap. Until then, forget it.
 

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This story really never got the attention that it deserved.

They built an entire case against him--a very prominent D.C. figure--filed an indictment, and sealed it without a single word of it getting out inside of a culture that's known to do nothing but leak to protect itself. Greg Craig may not be a household name, but he's a big power player when it comes to D.C. politics, and there wasn't even a whisper of this indictment coming down the line until it was time to throw it in his face. Craig goes back so far that he was even one of the lawyers on the team that was defending Bill Clinton from impeachment.

While everyone's attention was laser-focused on the Trump/Russia debacle and the Manafort/Gates indictment, nobody was really paying much attention to the fact that Mueller's first indictment was for Van Der Zwaan, for illegal lobbying. Van Der Zwaan wasn't even connected to the Trump campaign, and then when Mueller's next indictment rolled out and hit Manafort for illegal lobbying, Tony Podesta screamed, dissolved his lobbying firm and dove underground. We still haven't heard a word from him.

Do you remember the very first precedent that Mueller's team established when it went out to go collecting scalps? "Illegal lobbying in Washington without having registered as a foreign agent is a very bad thing." Mueller and his team have done nothing but set one precedent after another when it comes to illegal lobbying, and everyone surrounding the "old elite" like the Clintons and the Bushes and the Obamas are involved in this exact line of activity.

The media may not be making a big stink about it, and Craig's name--much like Bijan Kian after he was indicted--has been remarkably rare in the headlines, but this is a much bigger deal than they'd have you believe. Bijan Kian was also a major player in D.C., and he was on the board of directors for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, after being nominated by George Bush. The media didn't care about that either, because they've been too rabid about the wild goose chase that was the Trump-Russia fiasco to even pay attention.

The only person who seemed like they understood what was happening was Tony Podesta, and he's long gone.
 
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