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#Lobbying Case Against Democrat With Ties to Manafort Reaches Key Stage

#GregoryBCraig, White House counsel under #BarackObama, is under investigation for work he did on behalf of the president of #Ukraine.

Investigation centers on whether Mr. Craig White House counsel for BO during his 1st year in office, should’ve disclosed work he did in 2012, while he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; on behalf of the Russia-aligned gov of Viktor F. Yanukovych (Ukraine prez)
Mr. #Manafort’s case, and the investigations into Mr. #Craig and other high-profile consultants who worked with Mr. Manafort, have left Washington’s K Street lobbying corridor scrambling to deal with the heightened scrutiny. nytimes.com/2018/08/01/us/…
One of the first significant initiatives under the new attorney general, #WilliamBarr, was the reorganization of the unit that oversees #FARA, suggesting that enforcing laws on foreign lobbying will become a priority of his tenure.
Prosecutor brought in to run the unit, Brandon L. Van Grack, worked until recently in #Mueller’s office. The unit falls within the #DOJ’s national security division; investigated #Skadden #Arps’s #Ukraine work & must approve any charges against Mr. #Craig.
#Craig moved easily between elite law firms/government for more than 4 decades, worked on foreign policy & other issues during admins of #BillClinton #Obama. #Craig joined #SkaddenArps in 2010 to create a division focused on “international troubleshooting” washingtonian.com/2011/05/23/oba…
His Democratic bona fides and ties to the #Obama administration were among the main reasons he was recruited by Mr. #Manafort as part of an effort to build support in Washington for Mr. #Yanukovych, according to lobbyists who worked on the account.
#Craig is accused of working with #Manafort to hide funding from #Ukrainian oligarch for #SkaddenArps’ work & making “false/misleading” statements to other partners at the firm & #DOJ abt his interactions with reporter of #NYT related to #Tymoshenko report
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