And It Begins… Former Obama White House Counsel Indicted on Making False Statements to DOJ

In Corruption, Democrats by 50 State Report

There’s breaking news out right now, and it’s bad news for former President Obama.

Greg Craig, Obama’s former White House counsel, has been officially indicted for making false statements to the Department of Justice.

Greg Craig, who once served as White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday for alleged false statements in connection with his work on behalf of Ukraine.

Craig becomes the first Democrat to be indicted in a case arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed probe into Russian election interference.

The Washington-based lawyer was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for allegedly falsifying and concealing “material facts” and making false statements to the unit responsible for enforcing foreign lobbying laws.

At issue was Craig’s lobbying work performed in 2012 for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Craig allegedly lied to investigators looking into whether he appropriately registered foreign agent under a U.S. law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires lobbyists to declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders, governments or their political parties.

FARA violations were only rarely prosecuted until Mueller took aim at Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, for his lobbying work in Ukraine. Manafort, who connected Craig with Yanukovych, has been convicted on numerous bank and tax fraud charges, and was separately accused of FARA violations as well.

Manafort was sentenced earlier this year to approximately seven years in prison. …

This should be interesting to watch.

To be continued…