Man indicted in Russia Probe has a local connection

Man indicted in Russia Probe has a local connection

Man indicted in Russia Probe has a local connection

Craig's lawyers did not say why they expect him to be charged.

"I did not participate in a scheme to mislead the government or hide material facts", he said.

Craig "knowingly and willfully caused to be made false statements of material fact in documents filed with and furnished to the Attorney General", the indictment alleges.

Mueller previously alleged that former Trump 2016 campaign chair Paul Manafort conspired with various parties-foreign and domestic-to help Ukrainian authorities hide the fact that they paid in excess of $5.2 million for said report. From there, the filing reads, Craig began to negotiate with a Ukrainian oligarch representing the country's government for his fee - agreeing that his law firm Skadden Arps be paid $4 million for the work on top of a $150,000 retainer for the former White House counsel.

President Barack Obama's former White House counsel is likely to be the first prominent Democrat indicted in relation to the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. John Edwards and James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was charged in a leaks investigation. Before working for the 44th president, he had been a senior legal adviser to the President Bill Clinton during his time in the Oval Office. Manafort, a veteran Republican operative, meanwhile worked as a consultant to Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's pro-Kremlin president, who was later ousted.

And Manafort eventually admitted that he and other lobbyists used the Skadden report as part of a broad effort to improve Yanukovych's reputation in the West, which had suffered after the widely condemned jailing of Tymoshenko.

Mr Craig has not been charged with violating foreign lobbying laws, only for making false and misleading statements, according to the indictment.

Craig did not want to register as a foreign lobbyist because he believed it would bar him or other members of his law firm from taking positions with the federal government in the future, the indictment says. The disclosures also would have undermined the authority of the supposedly independent report. The firm's work got the attention of the Department of Justice, who questioned if the report should have been registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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The special counsel has already successfully prosecuted a case connected to the Ukraine report at the center of Craig's case.

In 2012, Craig spoke to reporters about their coverage of the report.

Craig responded with praise for a Ukrainian newspaper article. Like Manafort, who also worked with Yanukovych, Craig did not register as a foreign agent for this work.

Craig's lawyers denied that he had lied about his activity.

Prosecutors said they believe he also tried to hide a public relations firm's involvement in the ordeal.

"I never discussed the finding of our report to any US officials. I think we don't have to with this assignment, yes?" "I did not help Ukraine promote its spin when it released our report", he added. The lawyers called the expected indictment "a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion".

"Mr. Craig has no interest in misleading the FARA Unit because he had not done anything that required his registration". They said they would fight any prosecution. The 1938 law requires Americans to register with the Justice Department when they lobby or do public relations in the United States for foreign politicians, parties or governments.

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