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Greg Craig i år 2000.Foto: Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Scanpix

Barack Obama skrøt av at han hadde hatt åtte skandalefrie år i Det hvite hus. Den påstanden holder ikke lenger. Greg Craig som var hans juridiske rådgiver, er tiltalt for å ha drevet lobbyvirksomhet for Ukraina og mottatt 4 millioner dollar uten å oppgi dem.

Paul Manafort er dømt til syv år for det samme. De to samarbeidet.

Loven om å registrere lobbyvirksomhet for utlendinger, FARA, har vært sovende. Mueller vakte den til live da han tiltalte Manafort. Nå er det Craigs tur.

Greg Craig, who once served as White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama, was indicted on Thursday on two counts of making false and misleading statements to investigators in connection with his work on behalf of Russia-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

Craig is the first Democrat to be indicted in a case arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed probe into Russian election interference. Mueller’s team referred the Craig case to prosecutors in New York last year, after uncovering possible wrondoing while they investigated former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Ukraine lobbying work. (…)

At issue was Craig’s lobbying work performed in 2012 for Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Janukovitsj ba Skadden skrive en rapport om hvordan rettssaken mot opposisjonspolitikeren Julia Timosjenko hadde blitt mottatt i opinionen.

Craig fikk offisielt 12.000 dollar for jobben, men under bordet fikk han 4 million dollar som han ikke oppga. På toppen av det hele løy han for tjenestemennene som utspurte ham.

«The purpose of the scheme was for Craig to avoid registration as an agent of Ukraine,» the indictment reads. «Registration would require disclosure of the fact that Private Ukrainian had paid Craig and the Law Firm more than $4 million … [and] undermine the Report and Craig’s perceived independence; and impair the ability of Craig and others at the Law FIrm to later return to government positions.»

Craig risikerer opp til 10 års fengsel.

Det forlyder at han ikke blir den siste Demokraten som blir stilt for retten.

Broren til Hillarys valgkampleder, John Podesta, Tony, skal ligge tynt an.

Separately, another Mueller-referred investigation into Clinton-linked Washington insider Tony Podesta related to his overseas lobbying work is also reportedly heating up.

Greg Craig, ex-Obama White House counsel, indicted for alleged false statements

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