Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Paul Manafort plea deal begs question: what did he know?

Paul Manafort plea deal begs question: what did he know?

The charges against Craig would relate to failure to register as a foreign agent, and prosecutors are considering making a civil settlement or deferred prosecution agreement with Skadden, according to CNN's report.

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.

Paul Manafort has worn many hats: an global political operative, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Trump confidant Roger Stone's business partner and now government witness.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who brought the charges against Manafort, is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, and related matters.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is also considering action against law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where Craig was a partner during the period under examination, CNN reported.

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Esquire's Charles Pierce wrote that with Manafort's guilty plea and cooperation deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, Pence "has one foot in the barrel now, too".

In 2012, Manafort allegedly solicited the Skadden firm in the trial against Yulia Tymoshenko, according to CNN.

Craig was a partner in the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which may face charges as well, according to the report.

The ex-campaign chair reportedly lied to Trump and said his plane had "mechanical problems" on July 12 so that he would have to say in Indianapolis, where he arranged a breakfast between the candidate and the governor.

In addition to the referral involving Craig, Mueller's team referred inquiries to NY prosecutors involving possible violations of Foreign Agent Registration Act by Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta, brother of John Podesta, a political consultant who served as White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton.

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