Former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges stemming from Mueller’s probe related to work he did for Ukraine in 2012.
Craig, 74, served as legal counsel for Obama from 2009 to 2010 and worked as senior legal counsel to Bill Clinton during his impeachment.
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday on charges of making false statements and concealing information about his Ukrainian lobbying efforts.
NOW: Former White House counsel Greg Craig has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making false statements to DOJ about his work on behalf of Ukraine. Indictment: https://t.co/cNpVm9XACr pic.twitter.com/Rq2Ol3Bzu6
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According to Mr. Craig’s legal team, Craig refused to accept a plea deal so the case was handed over to a grand jury for indictment, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Greg Craig was interviewed twice by Mueller’s investigators about work he and his law firm did in Ukraine in 2012.
Craig’s lawyers said the case against him was conducted by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. The indictment came down from the Justice Department in DC so Craig’s lawyers alleged federal prosecutors are abusing their power.
“This case was thoroughly investigated by the SDNY and that office decided not to pursue charges against Mr. Craig. We expect an indictment by the DC US Attorney’s Office at the request of the National Security Division. Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government’s stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion,” Craig’s lawyers said in a statement Wednesday.
Craig was a partner in the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which entered into a multi-million dollar settlement with the DOJ over its work in Ukraine.
Greg Craig worked with Paul Manafort in Ukraine — Craig is the first top Dem charged in a case stemming from Mueller’s witch hunt.
Read the full indictment here.