Ex-White House lawyer Craig to face trial soon

Source : 112 Ukraine

The accusations against Craig tied allegations of illegal lobbying for the government of ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
20:14, 12 August 2019

Gregory Craig, former White House Counsel

Ex-lawyer of the White House of Barack Obama’s time Gregory Craig will stand before the jury that may convict him to five years in jail. He is accused of the number of crimes within Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russia’s election meddling, as Bloomberg reports.

That time he was a partner of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and he was asked to prepare a report concerning that time Ukrainian pro-Russian regime, violating FARA law, which demands from the officials to report on their cooperation with the foreigners.

The accusations against Craig tied allegations of illegal lobbying for the government of ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The investigation figured out that in 2012 Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, asked Craig to make a report to deny the criticism of the prosecution of politician Yulia Tymoshenko by the Ukrainian government.

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Due to this, Craig is accused of lying to the government about his lobbying activities and no registration of the Ukrainian government as the agent.  The prosecution works proving that Crage lied and withheld information about the extent of his work for the Ukrainian government.

As we reported earlier, U.S. federal judge of Virginia State found Paul Manafort guilty in fraudulence and sentenced him to 47 months imprisonment.

As it was reported, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. After a 16-day trial, Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges. 

Related: Mueller warns of Russian meddling in 2020

Paul Manafort is charged with laundering money and evading taxes over ten years of cooperation with former Ukrainian leaders. Previously, an investigation team released over 300 documents, which reveal the details of Manafort's cooperation with the currently disbanded Party of Regions - the-then pro-presidential and ruling political force in Ukraine.

Later Manafort was sentenced to 7,5 years imprisonment, as a result of court hearings on his case.

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