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Ex-Obama counsel expects charges in Mueller-related probe

13 April 2019

Manafort, the former campaign chairman to President Trump, pleaded guilty past year to charges related to his Ukraine lobbying.

Craig's attorneys have called the expected charges a "misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion", The Hill said, citing the Post.

Investigators identified an allegedly false statement in a series of letters back and forth between Craig and the Justice Department about the timing of his contact with reporters, according to the newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter.

"This case was thoroughly investigated by the SDNY and that office decided not to pursue charges against Mr. Craig", his attorneys said Wednesday.

Though an initial inquiry into Craig and Skadden was opened by Mueller, Craig's case was later referred to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY and eventually to prosecutors in the US Attorney's office for the District of Columbia.

The expected charges relate to the Ukrainian government hiring him and his then-law firm to evaluate the former Ukrainian prime minister's corruption trial.

"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.

Craig refused to accept a plea deal offered to him.

In a statement, attorneys William Taylor and William Murphy said they expect Craig, 74, will be indicted by the USA attorney's office in Washington at the request of the Justice Department's national security division.

The apparent lobbying work was done after Craig's tenure as White House counsel, according to the report. "We expect an indictment by the DC US Attorney's Office at the request of the National Security Division". John Edwards and James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was charged in a leaks investigation. They acknowledged that Craig spoke to reporters about the report but denied it was part of a public relations campaign that would run afoul of FARA.

After examining Craig's case, federal prosecutors in NY concluded they had insufficient evidence to bring charges against him, CNN has reported. Craig worked as White House Counsel from 2009 to 2010 and previously worked in the Clinton administration on impeachment matters.

That settlement implicated Craig as the law firm partner who made "false and misleading" statements to the Justice Department unit that enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), increasing the likelihood that Craig would be charged.

Ex-Obama counsel expects charges in Mueller-related probe