Obama’s former White House counsel Greg Craig is getting ready to be charged for the same crimes as Paul Manafort and/or for lying to congressional investigators and DOJ officials, thanks to Robert Mueller.
The foreign lobbying violations he committed were essentially ignored by the special counsel other than a ‘referral,’ but Mueller’s team did indict Manafort and conduct a raid on his home.
So far, the same treatment has not been meted out to the top democrat.
The scrutiny of Craig stems from the investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who worked on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine nearly a decade before his connection with the presidential candidate.
The Associated Press reported:
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.
No big surprise there. New York liberals have no interest in applying the law equally.
“Prosecutors there [in the Southern District of New York] are looking into the conduct of longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig and former Republican congressman and lobbyist Vin Weber to determine whether they violated federal law by failing to register as foreign agents with the Justice Department,” the Associated Press wrote in a 2018 report.
“In its settlement, 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.
“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.”
“Mr. Craig repeatedly refused requests that he participate in Ukraine’s media and lobbying campaign to promote the Tymoshenko Report,” they wrote.
FARA was passed in 1938 to help Americans recognize when foreign entities are trying to shape policy and public opinion, and was created to unmask Nazi propaganda.