Lawyers: Ex-Obama White House counsel Craig expects charges

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse for a hearing

Lawyers for a White House counsel during the presidency of Barack Obama said Wednesday they expected him to face federal charges in coming days linked to jailed disgraced lobbyist Paul Manafort, the Washington Post reported.

"Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge", Craig's attorneys said in their statement.

Manafort, who later served for a time as Donald Trump's campaign chairman during the 2016 presidential race, has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison in connection with tax fraud, bank fraud, FARA and conspiracy charges related to his work for Yanukovych.

The Ukrainian government reported Skadden was paid 12,000 USA dollars for their services, but prosecutors say Manafort used an offshore account to help route more than 4 million dollars to the firm.

Gregory Craig, a former White House Counsel in the Obama administration, is seen in an April 2000 photo. "Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government's stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion", the attorneys wrote.

In its settlement earlier this year, Skadden acknowledged it participated in a public relations campaign for the report and should have registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, because of it.

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Investigators have focused in on whether Craig made false statements to the department regarding registration as a foreign agent, the Post reported.

An indictment against him could come as soon as Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter.

The case stems from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and was later passed to prosecutors in the Southern District of NY and to U.S. prosecutors in Washington, DC. It is prosecutors from that office, "at the request of" the Justice Department's national security division, who are expected to charge Craig, his lawyers said.

After examining Craig's case, federal prosecutors in NY concluded they had insufficient evidence to bring charges against him, CNN has reported. They said federal prosecutors in NY had declined charges, but they expected an indictment to be brought by the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington at the request of the Justice Department's national security division.

Skadden relied on those false statements in deciding not to register under FARA as it should have, the settlement says.

On Wednesday, his attorneys disputed that assessment, saying: "He did not lie to his former firm or the government about these conversations".

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