Former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig expects to be indicted on foreign lobbying charges in connection with the Mueller probe, according to his lawyers.
Craig’s lawyers released a statement Wednesday saying he is “not guilty of any charge and the government’s stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion.”
If charges are filed, they are expected to target Craig’s lobbying with a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine back in 2012.
This comes just months after the firm Craig worked for reached a $4.6 million settlement and disclosed it did not register with the federal government to carry out foreign lobbying.
The federal government began looking into the matter back in 2012 and 2013 to see if the firm should be registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), but Craig reportedly made “misleading” statements which halted the registration.
Obama’s former legal counsel was interviewed twice by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team during the course of its 22-month investigation.
The potential charges stem from statements he made about the work he and his then-law did in Ukraine in 2012.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 11, 2019
FARA was originally put into force back in the 1930’s, and it requires people who participate in foreign consulting and lobbying for foreign entities in the U.S. to notify the federal government.
Craig served as Obama’s first White House Counsel from 2009-2010.