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Barack Obama’s Former White House Counsel Is Indicted

He's charged in Mueller-related case with making false statements to investigators and concealing information about his work with Ukrainian government

Gregory Craig, former White House counsel for Barack Obama, was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury for lying to FBI agents and for failing to register as a foreign agent.

Doesn’t it feel grand when bad people on the other side get caught?

He allegedly failed to disclose that he worked on behalf of the Ukrainian government.

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Obama’s statement: “I never knew I had a White House counsel. I just heard about this on the news.”

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. (source: Department of Justice)

NBC News reported that Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta, former Clinton Campaign chairman, has also been under investigation for FARA violations.

Tony Podesta was a former Washington D.C. lobbyist.

The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller’s inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources.

As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Manafort had organized a public relations campaign for a non-profit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU). Podesta’s company was one of many firms that worked on the campaign, which promoted Ukraine’s image in the West.

The sources said the investigation into Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about the ECMU and Manafort’s role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA. (source: NBC News)

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF from 1987-1995; he saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. The father of three, he's the host of "The Wayne Dupree Show."