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Greg Craig indicted on the Ukrainian government connections; Mike Emanuel has the details.
A Federal judge on Tuesday dismissed one of two cases against ex-Obama lawyer Greg Craig less than a week before the scheduled start of his trial for alleged false statements about his work for the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Dismissing one of the counts, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing the “ambiguity about the breadth of the provision,” that Craig was calculated in accordance with the words, “the rule of lenity requires dismissal of the count.”
GREG CRAIG, OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO THE FALSE STATEMENTS CHARGES
Craig, a former White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama, pleaded not guilty to the charges in April.
The first count accuses Craig know in the scheme “knowingly and willingly falsify, to avoid concealment and cover-up “material facts”, the registration as a foreign agent. The second count accused Craig of making false statements in an Oct. 11, 2013 letter furnished to the DOJ National Security Division Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) unit.
Craig’s legal team had filed a motion two points to urge rejected. Jackson dismissed the second count. Craig, whose study is expected to be Monday, yet you have to go to court, for the other count.
During a hearing earlier in the day, prosecutors in a possible preview of the government offered in the case, argues Craig acted “in the direction of” then-GOP-lobbyist Paul Manafort, while working on behalf of the Russian-backed Yanukovych.
After leaving the White house, Craig business interests crossed with Manafort, who later brought the chairman of the Donald Trump presidential candidate, and was convicted last year of bank and tax fraud in the case, then-Special Counsel Robert Müller. Manafort pleaded then guilty for the crimes in connection with foreign lobbying and witness tampering.
The FARA unit is responsible for the enforcement of foreign lobbying laws require the disclosure of certain overseas activities, including public relations work for foreign companies. The issue Craig 2012 lobbying and media contacts on behalf of Yanukovych, which left after Craig, the White house were.
GREG CRAIG, FORMER OBAMA WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, INDICTED FOR ALLEGED FALSE STATEMENTS
Prosecutors on Tuesday said Jackson, Craig hide in a “scheme [to its] obligation to register” and claimed that Craig was asked, “to strengthen, under the direction of Paul Manafort, and the Ukraine, the authenticity” of the report, Craig’s company worked for, speak positively about Yanukovych, who was Manafort client.
The Prosecutor also said Craig took them in the media roll-out of the report, by information specific to New York Times reporter David Sanger, with whom Craig had said, a “trusted relationship to be leaking.”
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Much of Tuesday’s hearing consisted of legal arguments on the hearing of experts will be allowed, witnesses for the defense.
Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.