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Editor: William Byrnes
Texas A&M University
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Obama's White House Counsel Indicted For Lying As Agent of Russia's Ukrainian Government

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Gregory B. Craig, President Obama's White House Counsel, a Washington-based lawyer, with making false statements and concealing material information about his activities on behalf of the Russian backed government of Ukraine from the Department of Justice, National Security Division’s Foreign Agents Registration Act Unit (FARA Unit). Download Craig Indictment

Craig, 74, of Washington, D.C., was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for willfully falsifying and concealing material facts from the FARA Unit, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(1), and for making false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, in violation Title 22, United States Code, Section 618(a)(2).

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and is not evidence of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

The maximum penalties for the charged offenses are, respectively, five years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.  The maximum statutory sentence for federal offenses is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes.  The sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case is being investigated by the FBI’s New York Field Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez and Molly Gaston of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney Jason McCullough of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

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