Former Obama White House Counsel Indicted for Lying to Investigators About Working for Ukrainian Politicians

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Greg Craig, former White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday on two counts of making false and misleading statements to investigators — including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team — in connection with his work on behalf of Russia-backed former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

More from The Washington Times

Former President Barack Obama’s top White House lawyer was indicted Thursday on two counts of lying to federal investigators about his dealings with a foreign government and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Gregory B. Craig, who served as White House counsel in 2009 and 2010, is the first prominent Democrat to be ensnared in charges spun out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

He will be arraigned Friday afternoon at a Washington federal court.

A federal grand jury in Washington lodged the felony indictment against Mr. Craig for making false statements to Mr. Mueller and the Justice Department’s national security investigators about his lobbying efforts on behalf of Ukraine. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Federal prosecutors said Mr. Craig should have registered as a foreign agent, saying his contacts with reporters on behalf of a Ukrainian official skirted foreign lobbying laws.

……While at the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in 2012, Mr. Craig was tapped by then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to write a report justifying the government’s prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Yanukovych political rival.

Prosecutors say Mr. Craig failed to register as a lobbyist because he feared it would be revealed that a “private wealthy” Ukrainian paid $4 million for the supposedly independent report, thus damaging its credibility.

If word got out that the report was an effort to whitewash Ms. Tymoshenko’s prosecution, prosecutors said, it would have hurt the ability of Mr. Craig and others at his law firm to go back into government work later.


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