Barack Obama and his allies were blindsided.
They never thought a criminal investigation would take this turn for the worse.
And now one arrest is about to turn Barack Obama’s world upside down.
Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig is expected to be indicted for making false statements to federal investigators about his foreign lobbying work in the Ukraine.
This case stems from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Paul Manafort’s financial dealings and foreign political work.
The New York Times reports:
Lawyers for Gregory B. Craig, a White House counsel in the Obama administration, expect him to be indicted in the coming days on charges related to his work for the Russia-aligned government of Ukraine.
The case against Mr. Craig, 74, stemmed from an investigation initiated by the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
An Ivy League-educated lawyer who held prominent positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations, Mr. Craig would become the first person who made his name in Democratic Party politics to be charged in a case linked to the special counsel’s investigation.
Mr. Craig would also become the first person to be charged in a case connected to the special counsel after Mr. Mueller finished his investigation into the 2016 presidential election. In a summary of the inquiry, Attorney General William P. Barr said that the special counsel’s team had concluded that there was no evidence that President Trump or his aides “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Craig is the first Democrat to be charged in this probe.
Some Mueller critics point out that prosecutors are not throwing the book at Craig for working as an unregistered agent of a Ukrainian political party like they did Paul Manafort and are only filing lesser process crime charges.
But if indicted, the charges bring a stain to the Obama White House.
The Fake News Media loves to point out the number of Trump associates Mueller caught up in process crimes and gleefully point out that no Obama administration officials were ever arrested.
They are about to lose that talking point.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.