Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is reportedly gearing up to go after an official who served as a top Obama White House counsel and lawyer for Hillary Clinton.
According to Fox News, it certainly appears that Mueller has found some wrongdoing from a Democrat connected to Obama and Clinton.
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Former Obama White House Counsel and Clinton-linked attorney Greg Craig is reportedly close to being charged by the Department of Justice for allegedly engaging in illegal unregistered overseas lobbying.
If indicted, Craig would be the first Democrat to face prosecution amid Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.
Here’s what Fox News reported:
The case centers on lobbying work that Craig performed in 2012 for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Craig allegedly never registered as a foreign agent under a U.S. law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires lobbyists to declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders, governments or their political parties.
Craig left Skadden last year as his work with Manafort became public. In January, Skadden agreed to cooperate with the DOJ’s registration requirements and paid $4.6 million in a settlement to avoid a criminal prosecution. “We have learned much from this incident and are taking steps to prevent anything similar from happening again,” the firm said in a statement at the time.
Craig worked as White House Counsel from 2009 to 2010, previously served in the Clinton administration to assist with impeachment, and helped Hillary with legal matters following that.
Mueller referred the Craig case to New York federal prosecutors, apparently because it fell outside his mandate of determining whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.
New York prosecutors ultimately forwarded the case to the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. in January for a now-imminent final decision on filing charges, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Separately, New York prosecutors are also looking into potential similar charges regarding another Clinton-connected Washington insider, Tony Podesta. In September, Manafort admitted to directing two firms — Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta Group — to lobby in the U.S. on behalf of a Ukrainian political party and Ukraine’s government, then led by Yanukovych, Manafort’s longtime political patron.
Mercury and Podesta, which were paid a combined $2 million on the project, then registered under a less stringent lobbying law that doesn’t require as much public disclosure as FARA.
During a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Michael Cohen — Trump’s former attorney — delivered a major blow to liberal claims of alleged Russia collusion.
Cohen actually admitted that he had never seen and does not have any proof of Trump colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
After nearly two years of investigating, Mueller has not revealed a single piece of evidence that Trump broke any laws or colluded with Russia.
But maybe Mueller is finally starting to go after corrupt Clinton/Obama officials.