After weeks of rumors, it's finally happened:
The Justice Department charged Obama's ex-White House counsel Greg Craig with two counts of false statements in connection to the Ukrainian influence campaign.
Notable: Not charged with violating FARA.
Doc: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5817345-Craig-Gregory-Stamped-Indictment-April-2019.html …
Story coming up soon @CourthouseNews.
This case follows a $4.6 million deal with Skadden Arps, where Craig served as a partner. The campaign's linked to Paul Manafort.
From January: https://www.courthousenews.com/skadden-arps-settles-us-charges-over-manafort-work/ …
Touching two successive presidential administrations, federal prosecutors indicted former President Barack Obama’s counsel Greg Craig on Thursday with lying about his work on a secret Ukrainian government campaign linked to Paul Manafort.
DEVELOPING: https://www.courthousenews.com/ex-obama-counsel-charged-on-work-tied-to-manafort/ …
Context for the tweet at the top of the thread: Craig's charged with lying to the DOJ's FARA Unit about FARA to avoid FARA registration, but he's not charged with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Immediately notable from the indictment:
D.C. prosecutors do not write Manafort's name once, which is curious because Manafort is linked to the same scheme, as we know from Skadden Arps' court papers.
From the Skadden papers: https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/skadden-fara.pdf …
The indictment notes that the firm (Skadden Arps) received more than $4 million from a Ukrainian through a Cyprus-based bank account "controlled by lobbyist."
Manafort was previously reported to have controlled that account.
JUST IN: Craig's arraignment has been set for tomorrow, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. in before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson.
His initial status conference has been set for Monday, April 15 at 10 a.m. before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who presided over Stone and Manafort cases.
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