March 28, 2019

THE TIGHTENING NOOSE:

Prominent Democratic lawyer Greg Craig close to being charged in case stemming from Mueller probe (Erica Orden and Evan Perez, 3/28/19, CNN)

Craig initially came into the crosshairs of federal prosecutors in mid-2017, during the investigation by Mueller. Craig and his then-firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, had performed work beginning in 2012 for Ukraine's Ministry of Justice. It was a client relationship the Justice Department has said was forged with the assistance of Paul Manafort, who later became President Donald Trump's campaign chairman.

The special counsel team was intrigued by the notion of using a once-obscure law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, to pursue cases of individuals acting as unregistered foreign agents, a charge the special counsel subsequently brought against Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, both of whom have since admitted to failing to register as foreign agents for their work for Ukraine. Craig and Skadden, during the course of their work for Ukraine, hadn't registered under FARA.

Craig was interviewed twice by the special counsel team -- once in the fall of 2017, at which time he was represented by Skadden's general counsel, and a second time in March 2018, by which point he had retained his own counsel. Days after the second interview, special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann informed Craig that his case was being transferred to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

The impression Craig's attorneys were given was that the special counsel was concerned about staying within the scope of its mandate. 

Posted by at March 28, 2019 4:13 AM

  

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