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(CNN) — Federal prosecutors in New York are weighing criminal charges against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig as part of an investigation into whether he failed to register as a foreign agent in a probe that is linked to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to sources familiar with the matter.
In addition, these sources said, prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York are considering taking action against powerhouse law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where Craig was a partner during the activity under examination. Prosecutors are considering a civil settlement with the firm or a deferred prosecution agreement with Skadden, these sources said.
The article goes on to state the following:
An attorney for Craig, who left the Skadden firm in April and who was White House counsel under President Barack Obama during the first year of that administration, said his client “was not required to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.” A spokeswoman for Skadden didn’t respond to a request for comment.
“We’re told that Greg Craig is now facing possible charges of not filing these forms to register as a foreign agent, and that is something that the U.S. Attorney in New York is looking at.” – Shimon Prokupecz on developments in Manafort-linked probe https://t.co/fnNBTF7PHW pic.twitter.com/tLxJKjoPNl
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) September 14, 2018
NEW: SDNY is weighing criminal charges against former Obama WH counsel & former Skadden partner Greg Craig as part of FARA probe. SDNY is also considering action (potentially a deferred prosecution agreement) against Skadden Arps itself. W/ @evanperez https://t.co/On79soUYcQ
— erica orden (@eorden) September 14, 2018
It seemed inevitable from the Manafort information that 2009-10 Obama WH Counsel Greg Craig was in prosecutors’ sights. Will Trump call this a witch hunt?https://t.co/YbdUlQVWY8
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 14, 2018
Criminal charges might be in store for GREG CRAIG, who was Obama’s first White House Counsel…. it all ties back to the Manafort investigation. New reporting from @eorden and @evanperez on yet another busy Mueller Friday. https://t.co/eFjfNi2m2u
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) September 14, 2018
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