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Today President Obama’s former White House Counsel, Gregory Craig, was indicted on two counts of making false statements regarding his foreign lobbying work. The charges stem from interviews Craig had with Mueller as part of the Russia election interference probe. 

In 2012, Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich hired Craig’s firm to write a report to justify imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister and a political rival.

In emails, Craig allegedly discussed his concerns about whether he would need to register under the FARA law. Craig wrote, “I don’t want to register as a foreign agent under FARA. I think we don’t have to with this assignment, yes?”

FARA is the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Passed in 1938, the act requires agents of foreign powers disclose their relationship with any foreign government or organization, including all activities and finances. Failure to register under FARA is punishable by a maximum $10,000 fine and/or 5 years in prison for each charge.

Besides working for a year in the Obama administration, Craig was special counsel for Bill Clinton during his impeachment hearing. He was also a defense attorney for John Hinkley during his trial for shooting President Reagan.

Sarah Morton

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