Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig indicted

Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig indicted

Greg Craig, pictured in the Oval Office, served as White House counsel from 2009-2010. (Pete Souza/White House)

WASHINGTON – Former White House Counsel to President Barack Obama, Greg Craig, was indicted Thursday on charges related to making false and misleading statements to federal prosecutors about work he performed in Ukraine.

CNN obtained a copy of the indictment. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and was part of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The indictment alleges that Craig, 74, misled investigators about lobbying efforts undertaken by his former law firm regarding the firm’s work on behalf of former Ukrainian president Victor Yunukovich in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The firm allegedly was involved in crafting a report that sought to validate Yanukovich’s decision to have the government prosecute and subsequently imprison former prime minister and rival Yulia Tymoshenko. Yanukovich had been one of Paul Manafort’s clients.

Yanukovich was ousted as president in 2015.

The two-count indictment carries a cumulative maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Craig served as White House counsel from 2009-2010.

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