Former Obama White House lawyer Greg Craig has been charged in a case related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
Craig was indicted Thursday on two counts of making false and misleading statements to investigators in connection with his work on behalf of Ukraine.
He faces up to five years in jail for each offense.
“Mr. Craig has refused to accept a plea deal, and the matter could be presented to a grand jury for indictment as soon as Thursday, people familiar with the matter say,” the outlet reported. “The people familiar with the situation say they believe Mr. Craig will be charged with making false statements to the Justice Department unit that oversees the activities of foreign agents, though other charges are possible.”
Obama's top White House lawyer was just indicted by a federal grand jury for lying about his lobbying and media leaks on behalf of foreign governments. https://t.co/Qrc8GOtPN0 pic.twitter.com/Fl7tVJG725
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 11, 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.
“We expect an indictment by the DC US Attorney’s Office at the request of the National Security Division. 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 statement added.
The case revolves around former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych hiring Craig and his law firm around 2012 to oversee the corruption trial of political opponent Yulia Tymoshenko.
“Craig resigned from Skadden in April 2018 amid a building investigation into whether the firm’s lawyers failed to register as foreign lobbyists for their Ukraine engagement,” The Washington Post reported. “Prosecutors have been investigating whether Craig issued false statements to the Justice Department in 2013 as officials made inquiries to the firm about whether its work required public registration, people familiar with the case said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the ongoing probe.”
Human rights advocates claim that the report that Skadden produced had been “engineered by Yanukovych’s government and whitewashed the jailing of his political opponent.”
The Post further details that Paul Manafort, who briefly served as Trump’s 2016 campaign manager and has been charged by Mueller, helped Yanukovych’s 2010 campaign, “eventually admitted that he and other lobbyists used the Skadden report as part of a broad effort to improve Yanukovych’s reputation in the West, which had suffered after the widely condemned jailing of Tymoshenko.”
Prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether Craig made false statements to media outlets like The New York Times and whether he should have been required by law to register as a foreign lobbyist given his work for Ukraine and the U.S.
It is quite ironic to see how the tables have turned in the past few weeks.
For two years, Democrats and the liberal media have loved Mueller and supported his Russia investigation.
Now, Mueller has ended his Russia probe and stated that there’s no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.
The Department of Justice has also indicated that no charges will be brought against Trump for any wrongdoing.
And now, at least one top Obama official believes he’s about to be indicted.
Have the tables finally turned? Will corrupt Obama and Clinton allies finally be held accountable for their actions against Trump?
Time will tell.