Former Obama White House counsel charged with lying to Justice Department

Greg Craig pleads not guilty, released on personal recognizance

"President Obama's top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges", Trump tweeted Friday. U.S. Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's findings next week. John Edwards and James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was charged in a leaks investigation.

To help hide the private funding, Craig is accused of backdating and falsifying invoices at Manafort's request to make it appear the Ukrainian government was the sole funder of the report. As of April, 446 separate entities registered with the Justice Department, up from 387 at the end of 2016.

According to the indictment, Mr Craig withheld information regarding his media contacts and made false statements in documents given to the attorney general with regards to USA foreign lobbying law.

The New York Times didn't respond to a request for comment.

Greg Craig indicted over Ukrainian government connections; Mike Emanuel has the details.

The charges reportedly stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The firm then wrote a letter to the department's FARA unit containing Craig's false and misleading statements, which ultimately allowed for him and the firm to avoid registering, the indictment said. They acknowledged that Craig spoke to reporters about the report but denied it was part of a public relations campaign that would run afoul of the law.

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Craig has said that a Democratic operative - and not Manafort - brought him into the project.

"I never discussed the finding of our report to any USA officials". "I think we don't have to with this assignment, yes?" It is itself unfair and misleading.

On Friday morning, President Trump used his Twitter account to inform his almost 60 million followers about a story he suggested the "corrupt" media is deliberately downplaying: the indictment of one of former President Obama's top legal advisers, Gregory B. Craig. "That is what this trial will be all about", they said in a statement. Mueller had referred the case to the Southern District of NY, but that office has not brought these charges.

Berman Jackson last month sentenced Manafort to 73 months in prison for two conspiracy charges arising from the Mueller probe - a sentence called unnecessary and hostile by a Manafort lawyer.

Patten's case has sparked interest in Washington amid a widening crackdown by the Justice Department on undisclosed lobbying.

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