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PoliticsGreg Craig Pleads Not Guilty to Lying About Foreign Lobbying

22:00  12 april  2019
22:00  12 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Greg Craig Pleads Not Guilty to Lying About Foreign Lobbying© Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images Greg Craig arrives at U.S. District Court for his arraignment April 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

(Bloomberg) -- Gregory Craig, a former partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, pleaded not guilty to federal charges he made false statements to the government and concealed work he did for a pro-Russian Ukrainian regime.

Craig, 74, entered his plea through his lawyer Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in Washington. In the same courthouse just hours earlier, W. Samuel Patten was sentenced to three years of probation in connection with illegal lobbying for the same Ukrainian political faction.

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Greg Craig was accused by special counsel Robert Mueller and lead litigator Andrew Weissman of FARA ( Foreign Agent Registration Act) WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Washington lawyer Greg Craig was found not guilty Wednesday of lying to the Justice Department about work he did for the

Greg Craig was accused by special counsel Robert Mueller and lead litigator Andrew Weissman of FARA ( Foreign Agent Registration Act) lobbying WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Washington lawyer Greg Craig was found not guilty Wednesday of lying to the Justice Department about work

The charges against Craig, a former Obama White House counsel, arose from the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Craig, the first prominent Democrat charged in the investigation, remains free on his own recognizance. His next appearance was scheduled for April 15.

In a statement yesterday, Craig denied that he violated the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which had until recently been rarely used by prosecutors. His attorneys, in a separate statement, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan had already investigated the matter and declined to prosecute. Charges were filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.

“This case is about whether I misled the Department of Justice to avoid having to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” Craig said in a video statement. “I did not.”

(Adds the Craig remains free on his own recognizance and must appear in court on April 15.)

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To contact the editors responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net, Heather Smith

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