Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lobbying probes persist though Mueller investigation over

Lobbying probes persist though Mueller investigation over

Craig was charged with giving false information during an October 19, 2017, interview with the special counsel's office which regulates work in the U.S. by lobbyists, lawyers and other representatives of foreigners under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), according to CNBC.

Craig maintains that he never concealed information or misled the Justice Department, and he is confident he'll beat the charges.

President Barack Obama (R) greets White House counsel Gregory Craig during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House on January 21, 2009.

A U.S. judge on Friday sentenced Republican political consultant Samuel Patten to 36 months of probation, 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine in a case spun out of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

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

Sources familiar with the investigation said that investigations into Ukraine-related lobbying by Craig, Podesta and Weber were all initially being pursued by the Manhattan-based U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, but the probe related to Craig was transferred to federal prosecutors in Washington.

Craig pleaded not guilty on Friday to lobbying violations and making false statements.

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Craig worked in 2012 for Ukraine's Ministry of Justice while he was a partner at the prestigious law firm Skadden Arps.

Craig's two felony charges stem from work he did on behalf of the Ukrainian government and in coordination with Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager to President Donald Trump. In private practice, his clients have included former North Carolina Sen.

The work that drew the Justice Department's attention occurred in 2012, when Craig and Skadden were hired by the Ukrainian government to write a report on the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister. Manafort supposedly planned on using this report to boost Yanukovych's global reputation.

The report was billed as independent, but critics have said it whitewashed a politically motivated prosecution.

Skadden has already agreed to pay $4.6 million to resolve claims the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act for not reporting this work to the DOJ. Craig's lawyers declined to comment. He has denied any wrongdoing, the United States media reported. But he did not register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for the government of Ukraine.

Before Craig's indictment, the recent charges brought in cases initiated by Mueller had accused people of failing to disclose their lobbying work.

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