It looks like democrats are sacrificing a sop so that they can claim ‘equal’ treatment.
Of course, the activity occurred years before he was even involved with the Trump campaign, but it made good headlines for the mainstream media.
No one ever talked about Former Obama White House Counsel and Clinton-linked attorney Greg Craig.
He did the exact same thing (only more recently).
However, it looks like the Justice Department may be about to issue charges against Craig for his illegal actions.
Fox News reported:
The case centers on lobbying work that Craig performed in 2012 for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Craig allegedly never registered as a foreign agent under a U.S. law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires lobbyists to declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders, governments or their political parties.
FARA violations were only rarely prosecuted until Mueller took aim at Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, for his lobbying work in Ukraine.
Manafort, who connected Craig with Yanukovych, has been convicted on numerous bank and tax fraud charges, and was separately accused of FARA violations as well. He was sentenced earlier this month to approximately seven years in prison.
Craig left Skadden last year as his work with Manafort became public. In January, Skadden agreed to cooperate with the DOJ’s registration requirements and paid $4.6 million in a settlement to avoid a criminal prosecution.
“We have learned much from this incident and are taking steps to prevent anything similar from happening again,” the firm said in a statement at the time.
As with Manafort’s case, there is no indication that Craig improperly colluded with a foreign government while he was serving in any official capacity.
Craig worked as White House Counsel from 2009 to 2010, and previously worked in the Clinton administration on impeachment matters.
Mueller handed off the Craig case to New York federal prosecutors, ostensibly because it didn’t involve the president.
Separately, New York prosecutors are also looking into potential similar charges regarding another Clinton-connected Washington insider, Tony Podesta.
In September, Manafort admitted to directing two firms — Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta Group — to lobby in the U.S. on behalf of a Ukrainian political party and Ukraine’s government, then led by Yanukovych, Manafort’s longtime political patron.
Mercury and Podesta, which were paid a combined $2 million on the project, then registered under a less stringent lobbying law that doesn’t require as much public disclosure as FARA.
Both firms have said they registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, rather than FARA, on the advice of lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Craig’s former firm. But in court papers, Mueller’s prosecutors suggested the firms were aware they were working on Ukraine’s behalf.
The Times reported on Tuesday that the Podesta probe apparently has not been moved to the DOJ, and that Manhattan prosecutors remain in control of the investigation. In a flurry of new activity in January, though, federal prosecutors began systematically interviewing witnesses and contacting lawyers to schedule additional questioning related to the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs.
Podesta is a longtime Democratic operative whose brother, John Podesta, ran Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign; Weber is a former Republican congressman from Minnesota. Neither man has been charged with any crimes.
Their firms have defended the decisions by saying they relied on the advice of outside attorneys.
Mercury spokesman Michael McKeon said the firm has “always welcomed any inquiry since we acted appropriately at every step of the process, including hiring a top lawyer in Washington and following his advice. We’ll continue to cooperate as we have previously.”
Gates admitted in his plea deal that he lied to Mercury’s attorneys about the project, a fact the lobbying firm has publicly highlighted. The Podesta Group has said it was misled by the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, citing a written certification from the nonprofit stating it wasn’t directed or controlled by the Ukrainian Party of Regions, one of Manafort’s clients.
Although this looks like a pacifier, many people are happy that at least one democrat may have to face the same justice that republicans have been subject to for the last two years.
Of course, no FBI SWAT team is breaking down the door of Craig’s house… so maybe not exactly the ‘same’ treatment.