Former President Barack Obama’s White House counsel, Greg Craig’s trial for lying to DOJ officials about his role in lobbying for Ukraine interests without registering as an agent for a foreign government.
Craig’s crime evolved out of the Mueller probe.
He was originally charged with two counts of lying to investigators but America’s most crooked judge Amy Berman threw one charge out.
Berman sent Manafort to prison over the same offense but will she send a Democrat to prison I have my doubts.
Former President Barack Obama’s White House counsel goes on trialMonday, accused of lying to and misleading Justice Department officials about his work with President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
Craig was indicted in April on two counts of giving false statements to DOJ officials related to his public relations work in Ukraine. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, threw out one of the counts Craig is facing Aug. 6 — he still faces one count.
The case stems from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which uncovered evidence of alleged wrongdoing by Craig, but referred the material to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for prosecution. He is alleged to have violated a core component of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
FARA requires people who work in public relations on behalf of a foreign entity to disclose that fact. It is illegal to not register or to provide misleading information to the Justice Department’s FARA unit.
Manafort, who was advising the government in Kiev in 2012, helped hire Craig and his law firm — Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomSkadden — to draw up a report on the government’s prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.