Abstract

  • Lawyers for former White House counsel for Obama's administration Greg Craig say they expect their client to be charged in a foreign lobbying investigation that grew out of Russia's special counsel probe.
  • Lawyers for former White House counsel for Obama's administration Greg Craig say they expect their client to be charged in a foreign lobbying investigation that grew out of Russia's special counsel probe.

Former President Barack Obama’s White House counsel Greg Craig expects to be indicted for lying to Justice Department investigators during the Mueller investigation.

He would be the first prominent Democrat to be charged as part of the 22-month probe of special counsel from Mueller’s team.

Craig, 74, refused to accept plea and, as soon as Thursday, his case could be sent to grand jury, according to the Wall Street Journal. Craig believes that he will be charged with making false statements to the Department of Justice unit that handles foreign agents ‘ activities.

If filed, the charges would come about three months after the former law firm of Craig agreed to pay more than $ 4.6 million and publicly acknowledged that it did not report its work to the Ukrainian government.

Craig’s former company, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, paid a fine in January and agreed to register for a foreign government as a lobbyist after admitting that it should have done so earlier for work with Paul Manafort to benefit Ukraine, according to Bloomberg.

Kenneth Vogel of the New York Times, in his own report on former senior Obama official’s looming likely indictment, writes that this “stemmed from” the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

While Mueller concluded his investigation and determined that President Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with the Russians, while not finding sufficient evidence to charge Trump for obstruction of justice, other matters that came up in Mueller’s probe were handed over for their handling to various U.S. lawyers and federal law enforcement agencies.

Vogel writes:

An Ivy League-educated lawyer who held prominent positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations, Mr. Craig would become the first person who made his name in Democratic Party politics to be charged in a case linked to the special counsel’s investigation.

Mr. Craig would also become the first person to be charged in a case connected to the special counsel after Mr. Mueller finished his investigation into the 2016 presidential election. In a summary of the inquiry, Attorney General William P. Barr said that the special counsel’s team had concluded that there was no evidence that President Trump or his aides “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Craig, a top Democrat, served as White House counsel for almost the full first year of Obama’s presidency–from the inauguration of Obama on January 20, 2009, until early January 2010. He also served as a senior official at the White House of former Democrat President Bill Clinton and worked for many years before and after that in high-level Democrat politics. Clinton had even offered him the job of counseling at the White House back then, but in 1996 he turned it down.