Anti-Trump Resistance folks were crowing about the word that Paul Manafort was reportedly “cooperating” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But it turns out that the “cooperation” may not be what they think, that it may fall on the heads of those connected to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Anti-Trump folks have tried to make much of the connection between Paul Manafort and the Trump campaign. But Manafort was only connected to the campaign for a brief three months.
And the things he was convicted of had nothing whatever to do with the campaign.
According to NPR, the ‘cooperation’ spoken of has nothing to do with the Trump campaign.
But Manafort was connected to two Democratic powerbrokers, former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig and Tony Podesta, former head of the Podesta group and the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair.
And now reports are that Craig may face federal charges for not registering to act as a foreign agent.
From Fox News:
Greg Craig, 73, a former White House counsel during the Obama presidency, is under investigation regarding whether he improperly worked as a lobbyist for a group associated with Ukraine, without first registering with the Justice Department, CNN reported, citing unnamed sources.
Craig was a partner in the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which may face charges as well, according to the report. Craig left the firm in April, the report said.
Craig also worked in the Clinton administration, including representing Bill Clinton during his impeachment hearing.
Manafort employed Skadden and Craig in an effort on behalf of former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych against his political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko.
Craig’s former law firm is also facing criminal charges for its alleged role in Tymoshenko’s prosecution.
CNN said sources claim the Skadden firm was hired to write a report about the Tymoshenko trial. The New York Times reported that Craig was involved in promoting the report to members of Congress and the media — efforts that would have required Craig to register as a foreign agent, according to the Times.
Reports have also indicated that the case of Tony Podesta was referred for investigation to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He was being looked at for similar questions and involvement with Manafort and Ukraine.