Ex-Obama aide charged with lying to Justice Department

Ex-Obama aide charged with lying to Justice Department

The investigation into Craig comes as the Justice Department is cracking down on unregistered foreign lobbying and consulting.

Craig's lawyers rejected the charges. The charge pertains to the legal services Craig performed on behalf of the Ukrainian government in 2012, two years after he left the White House. The indictment, announced by the USA attorney for the District of Columbia, came a day after Craig's lawyers said he expected to be charged in the probe spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The US attorney's office in Washington DC has charged Mr Craig.

Craig's work for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice came when he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the law firm he joined after serving a year in the White House in 2009. Federal prosecutors in NY have been investigating two prominent Washington lobbying firms in a similar probe, and Justice Department officials in Washington have been increasingly willing to prosecute people who they believe intentionally hide their lobbying work from the federal government.

Craig, who worked in the Clinton administration and served as President Barack Obama's first White House counsel, appeared at an arraignment hearing before U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson of Washington, D.C.

The scrutiny of Craig stems from an investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his work on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. In private practice, his clients have included former North Carolina Sen.

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The document sought to legitimize the prosecution of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Authorities say that Craig lied to the Mueller team about his work with the Ukrainian government in 2012 and 2013.

Skadden reached a settlement with the Justice Department in January in which it agreed it should have registered as a foreign agent and paid a fine in lieu of prosecution.

In a videotaped statement uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Craig asserted that the report was "independent", and denied helping Ukraine spin the information it contained. The firm then wrote a letter to the department's FARA unit containing Craig's false and misleading statements, which ultimately allowed for him and the firm to avoid registering, the indictment said.

"Hiding the truth of who one represents from policymakers undermines our political discourse and diminishes the quality of our policymaking because people need the facts for democracy to work", Berman Jackson said.

The treatment of the Craig indictment in legacy media contrasted with the intense attention the media gave to other Mueller cases.

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