Obama’s lead White House counsel Gregory Craig expects to be indicted within days on charges related to his work for the Ukraine and Paul Manafort according to his lawyers.
Per NBC, Craig was White House counsel from January 2009 to January 2010, when he went to work at Skadden. He also held several posts in the Clinton administration, and helped President Clinton coordinate his defense during his impeachment.
WSJ: Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig expects to be indicted in the coming days on charges stemming from work he performed for Ukraine in 2012, Mr. Craig’s legal team says. https://t.co/JYIhQIHXM6
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) April 11, 2019
Lawyers for #GregoryCraig, a #WhiteHouse counsel in the #Obama administration, expect him to be indicted in the coming days on charges related to his work for the #Russia-aligned government of Ukraine. https://t.co/8V6LXY54Ao
— Brian Pia (@brianpia) April 11, 2019
Attorneys for former White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig said Wednesday that he expects to face federal charges in the coming days in relationship to legal work he did for the Ukrainian government in 2012.
The expected indictment — which his attorneys called “a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion” — stems from work Craig did with GOP lobbyist Paul Manafort on behalf of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in 2012.
At the time, Craig was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the law firm he joined after ending his tenure as counsel to President Barack Obama. Manafort, the former campaign chairman to President Trump, pleaded guilty last year to charges related to his Ukraine lobbying.
In a statement, attorneys William W. Taylor III and William Murphy said they expect Craig, 74, will be indicted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington at the request of the Justice Department’s national security division. That could not be independently corroborated. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge,” Craig’s attorneys said in their statement.
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.
He would be the first prominent Democratic figure to be charged as a result of a foreign lobbying investigation spun out of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.