My, how the tables have turned.
The calls from President Trump and his supporters to “investigate the investigators” upon the end of the Mueller Investigation have prompted examinations into the behavior of the other side.
Former White House Counsel to Obama Greg Craig is perhaps the most prominent Democrat to have been charged for potential collusion so far. Today, he was officially indicted by a grand jury for allegedly lying to the DOJ about work he did lobbying in the Ukraine.
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Greg Craig was not the only one to be formally accused of serious crime today, as Twitter user Nicole Hong pointed out:
NBC News had the following to say about Craig's indictment:
Former White House counsel Greg Craig was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for allegedly making false statements to the Department of Justice about work performed for Ukraine in 2012.
Craig, 74, who was charged with concealing material information from the Foreign Agents Registration Act Unit and making false statements, failed to disclose work he performed for Ukraine because he believed it would prevent him from future roles within the federal government, according to the indictment, which stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
The attorney, who served as former President Barack Obama's White House counsel, refused to accept a plea deal.
The Wall Street Journal first reported Wednesday that people familiar with the situation said Craig is likely to be charged with making false statements to the Justice Department.
Craig and his law firm were hired in early 2012 to lead an independent inquiry into whether former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko received a fair trial after she was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 for abuse of office, federal prosecutors say.
He was also signed on to consult about Tymoshenko’s second trial. Craig’s firm, Skadden Arps, at which he was partner, received more than $4 million for the report and consultation.
CNN has more:
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic attorney who worked for two presidents, charging him with making false statements and concealing material information in connection with work he performed for Ukraine in a case stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Craig, 74, is the highest-profile Democrat to be indicted in a matter connected to Mueller's work, which resulted in charges against numerous Republicans tied to President Donald Trump.
The case, which is being handled by the US Attorney's office for the District of Columbia in association with the Justice Department's national security division, is likely to bring renewed attention to the Justice Department's application of a once-obscure law applying to unregistered foreign agents, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.
Craig was originally investigated for an alleged FARA violation, though he was charged with other crimes after the statute of limitations on FARA expired in his case.
He is scheduled to enter a plea in federal court Friday afternoon.
Craig's lawyers, William Taylor and William Murphy, called the indictment "unfair and misleading."
"This indictment accuses Mr. Craig of misleading the FARA Unit of the Department of Justice in order to avoid registration. It is itself unfair and misleading. It ignores uncontroverted evidence to the contrary," the lawyers wrote. "Mr. Craig had no interest in misleading the FARA Unit because he had not done anything that required his registration. That is what this trial will be all about."
The charges against Craig, who was White House counsel during the Obama administration, concern work he performed for Ukraine in 2012 while he was a partner at top law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. The Justice Department has said it was Paul Manafort, who later became Trump's campaign manager, who arranged to hire Skadden to work for Ukraine.
Skadden's client, the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, hired it to write a report on the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine, a project on which Craig was the lead attorney.
According to the indictment, from the start of the work on the report, Craig didn't want to register as an agent for Ukraine "at least in part because he believe doing so could prevent him or others at [Skadden] from taking positions in the federal government in the future."
The indictment also alleges that Craig was deterred from registering out of his desire to hide that a third party -- a private individual -- paid the firm more than $4 million for the report and that the firm had a "parallel engagement with Ukraine to assist in the prosecution of Tymoshenko on additional charges."
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