Obama's White House Counsel of "Scandal-Free Administration" May Be Charged
"May be" is a long way from "will be".
Despite the media's fake news, talent from across the political spectrum was involved in campaign work in Ukraine.
Greg Craig, Obama's former White House counsel, was involved. As was Tad Devine, Bernie's chief strategist. And Podesta, the brother of Hillary's campaign chief. The emphasis on Manafort was political. We'll see if Craig faces the music for alleged false statements.
Federal prosecutors are close to bringing charges against Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, in a case that originated with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to people familiar with the matter.
The possible charges are connected to false statements Craig allegedly gave to investigators who were looking at the work he performed for Ukraine.
Though Mueller's investigation has ended, a number of inquiries that were referred out by his office live on in other prosecutors' offices, and Craig's is among the earliest and most unusual.
Craig initially came into the crosshairs of federal prosecutors in mid-2017, during the investigation by Mueller. Craig and his then-firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, had performed work beginning in 2012 for Ukraine's Ministry of Justice. It was a client relationship the Justice Department has said was forged with the assistance of Paul Manafort, who later became President Donald Trump's campaign chairman.
The special counsel team was intrigued by the notion of using a once-obscure law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, to pursue cases of individuals acting as unregistered foreign agents, a charge the special counsel subsequently brought against Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, both of whom have since admitted to failing to register as foreign agents for their work for Ukraine. Craig and Skadden, during the course of their work for Ukraine, hadn't registered under FARA.
I wouldn't bet too much of the farm on this one. But officials looking to redeem their work and maybe carve out a defense of their ongoing targeting of Trump may decide to throw a few pages of the book at Craig.
The media likes to claim that Obama's administration was scandal-free because of the lack of arrests and indictments. A certain amount of corruption is unfortunately normal in every administration. The lack of any arrests or indictments didn't mean that Obama Inc. was clean, it meant that it was so dirty, that the DOJ and FBI had become thoroughly corrupted and that the malefactors were protected from the top.