It appears that the Mueller investigation has found some wrongdoing from the White House that it could prosecute.
But unfortunately for Democrats the wrongdoing it found was in the White House of former President Obama, Fox News reported.
Former Obama White House Counsel and
Clinton-linked attorney Greg Craig may soon be charged by the Justice
Department for engaging in illegal unregistered overseas lobbying, in a
case initially probed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — a development
that would make him the first Democrat to face prosecution amid the
long-running Russia investigation.
The case centers on lobbying work
that Craig 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 never
registered as a 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
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. He was sentenced earlier this month to approximately seven years
Craig left Skadden last year as his work with Manafort became public. In January, Skadden agreed to cooperate with the DOJ’s registration requirements and paid $4.6 million in a settlement to avoid a criminal prosecution. “We have learned much from this incident and are taking steps to prevent anything similar from happening again,” the firm said in a statement at the time.
As with Manafort’s case, there is no indication that Craig improperly colluded with a foreign government while he was serving in any official capacity. Craig worked as White House Counsel from 2009 to
Mueller referred the Craig case to New York federal prosecutors, apparently because it fell outside his mandate of determining whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.
New York prosecutors ultimately forwarded the case to the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. in January for a now-imminent final decision on filing charges, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Separately, New York prosecutors are
also looking into potential similar charges regarding another
Clinton-connected Washington insider, Tony Podesta. In September,
Manafort admitted to directing two firms — Mercury Public Affairs and
the Podesta Group — to lobby in the U.S. on behalf of a Ukrainian
political party and Ukraine’s government, then led by Yanukovych,
Manafort’s longtime political patron.
Mercury and Podesta, which were paid a
combined $2 million on the project, then registered under a less
stringent lobbying law that doesn’t require as much public disclosure as
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