Federal Prosecutors Eyeing Charges Against Former Obama White House Counsel, Greg Craig

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A lawyer with ties to the Obama and Clinton administrations may face federal charges for failing to register as a foreign agent, according to a report.

Federal prosecutors in NY are considering criminal charges against Greg Craig, a former Obama White House counsel, as part of a investigation into whether he failed to register as a foreign agent, sources told CNN Friday.

An attorney for Craig told CNN his client "was not required to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act".

CNN reported last month that special counsel Robert Mueller referred Craig's case to federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, the probe into Greg Craig and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP pertains to lobbying work Craig performed on behalf of a Ukrainian political group, without registering as a foreign agent, and therefore possibly breaking the law. Greg Craig's Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is the firm in question, and it was hired to write a report on Yanukovych's biggest political rival at the time, Yulia Tymoshenko. Craig left the firm in April, the report said.

As NBC News reports, Manafort was trying to undermine Tymoshenko as part of his work for Viktor Yanukovych, the former Kremlin-backed Ukrainian president who was ousted from power in 2014.

Pierce noted that Manafort "didn't do much in the short time he managed" the Trump campaign beyond "softening the Republican Party's stance on Russian thuggery in the Ukraine, and maneuvering Mike Pence into the vice presidency".

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