BREAKING: President Obama's White House Counsel Has Just Been Indicted

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Posted: Apr 11, 2019 2:48 PM
BREAKING: President Obama's White House Counsel Has Just Been Indicted

Former White House Counsel for President Obama, Gregory Craig, was indicted Thursday afternoon by a grand jury for lying to FBI agents and for failing to register as a foreign agent. He is accused of failing to disclose work on behalf of the Ukrainian government.

"Craig, 74, of Washington, D.C., was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for willfully falsifying and concealing material facts from the FARA Unit, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(1), and for making false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, in violation Title 22, United States Code, Section 618(a)(2)," the Department of Justice released in a statement. "The maximum penalties for the charged offenses are, respectively, five years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.  The maximum statutory sentence for federal offenses is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes.  The sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors."

Craig will be arraigned in Court, likely on Friday. He worked as White House Counsel from 2009 to 2010.

Meanwhile, former Washington D.C. lobbyist Tony Podesta, the brother of former Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta, has also been reportedly under investigation for FARA violations. 

The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources. As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Manafort had organized a public relations campaign for a non-profit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU). Podesta's company was one of many firms that worked on the campaign, which promoted Ukraine's image in the West.

The sources said the investigation into Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about the ECMU and Manafort's role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA.

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