A lawyer connected to the Obama and Clinton administrations may be facing federal charges for not registering as a foreign agent.
Federal prosecutors in New York are considering charges against Greg Craig, a former White House counsel during the Obama administration who is under investigation for failing to register as a foreign agent in a probe linked to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, CNN reported.
Prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York are weighing charges against the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where Craig was a partner until he left the firm in April, according to CNN which cited unnamed sources.
A civil settlement with the law firm or a deferred prosecution agreement with Skadden are on the table for consideration, the report said. The office of special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly referred the probe of Craig and Skadden to federal prosecutors in New York earlier this year.
Craig’s attorney told CNN his client “was not required to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.”
The 73-year-old Democratic power broker who served as White House counsel under Obama from January 2009 to January 2010, held different posts in the Clinton administration and even assisted in coordinating former President Clinton’s defense during his impeachment.
The investigations of Craig and the law firm stem from charges that Manafort solicited the law firm in 2012 on behalf of former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, Manafort’s client at the time, in the trial against Yulia Tymoshenko, according to CNN.
The firm was hired to write a report on the trial of Tymoshenko, Yanukovych’s political rival and the former prime minister of Ukraine.
“Manafort arranged to have the law firm disseminate hard copies of the report to numerous government officials, including senior United States executive and legislative branch officials,” according to the court filing, CNN reported. Craig allegedly promoted the report himself to members of Congress and the media, thus triggering FARA requirements, according to the New York Times.
Charges revealed that more than $4.6 million was paid to the Skadden law firm for its work.
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