Published: Sat, April 13, 2019

Manafort-linked lobbyist dodges prison for charges initiated by Mueller

Manafort-linked lobbyist dodges prison for charges initiated by Mueller

President Donald Trump tweeted about Craig's indictment Friday morning, calling it a "really big story" and criticizing news organization's coverage of it.

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

The 74-year-old denies the charges and says the prosecution against him is "unprecedented and unjustified".

About three months ago, Craig's former law firm agreed to pay more than $4.6 million and publicly acknowledge that it failed to register with the government for its work for the Ukraine.

Craig's lawyers rejected the charges.

At the time he did the work, Craig no longer worked for the Obama administration and instead was a corporate lawyer at a prestigious law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Greg Craig indicted over Ukrainian government connections; Mike Emanuel has the details. In private practice, his clients have included former North Carolina Sen.


President Barack Obama (R) greets White House counsel Gregory Craig during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House on January 21, 2009.

"I am confident that both the judge and the jury will agree with me", he said. The report has been a featured part of the Mueller investigation's case against Manafort.

Following Mueller's indictments of Paul Manafort and deputy chair Rick Gates, the networks' evening programs dedicated over 33 minutes to related news-60 percent of their total evening news airtime, MRC reported in 2017.

Mr. Patten, 47, pleaded guilty in August to communicating with US lawmakers and news media organizations on behalf of a Russia-aligned political party in Ukraine called the Opposition Bloc without disclosing that work to the Justice Department, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), among other offences. The statute had been seldom enforced in the past.

Sam Patten, a veteran Republican lobbyist who pleaded guilty to illegally funneling foreign money into the Trump inaugural fund as part of a case initiated by special counsel Robert Mueller, avoided prison at sentencing on Friday in Washington, D.C.

Craig faces up to 10 years in prison in all - up to five years and a possible $250,000 fine for allegedly willfully falsifying and concealing material facts from the FARA Unit and another five years and $10,000 fine for making false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit.

Mueller concluded his probe in March, finding that neither President Donald Trump nor anyone in his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

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