The expected charges relate to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and illegal lobbying done by former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, according to the Post. "Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government's stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion", the attorneys, William Taylor and William Murphy, said in a statement Wednesday.
"Mr. Craig has refused to accept a plea deal, and the matter could be presented to a grand jury for indictment as soon as Thursday, people familiar with the matter say", The Wall Street Journal reported.
The case against the 74-year-old Democrat - who has served in senior legal positions under two Democrat presidents - originated from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
According to the Post, Craig was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the time - a position he resigned in April 2018 amid an investigation into whether the firm's partners had failed to register as foreign lobbyists while working with Ukraine.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes to give Juventus edge against impressive Ajax
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Craig is a prominent Washington attorney and was the first White House counsel to former President Barack Obama. "We expect an indictment by the DC US Attorney's Office at the request of the National Security Division". A spokesman for the US attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The case is significant not only because of Craig's reputation as a legal heavyweight but also because it has its origins in the Justice Department's newfound taste for prosecutions connected to a once-obscure law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which is used to pursue cases of individuals acting as unregistered foreign agents. They acknowledged that Craig spoke to reporters about the report but denied it was part of a public relations campaign that would run afoul of FARA.
Prosecutors submitted evidence showing Craig knowingly avoided registering as a foreign agent and sought to hide the income he received for his work for Ukraine, including on producing and disseminating an "independent" report by Skadden that critics said whitewashed the treatment of Tymoshenko.
Investigators have focused in on whether Craig made false statements to the department regarding registration as a foreign agent, the Post reported. Craig attended Yale University's law school with Bill and Hillary Clinton and later worked in the State Department and White House during Bill Clinton's presidency.