Defense Takes Over in Trial of DC Power Attorney With Manafort Ties

Attorneys for high-profile Washington – and Paul Manafort-tied – lawyer Greg Craig told a federal judge Tuesday that a close look at the federal statute requiring U.S. citizens to register as foreign agents for certain work done outside the United States reveals the ex-Skadden Arps lawyer had no obligation to tell the full truth to the Justice Department.

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Investigator Hints at Subterfuge by Manafort Ukraine Team Member

The top Justice Department official tasked with tracking foreign agents testified Monday that Greg Craig, former Obama White House counsel who went on to work with Paul Manafort in Ukraine, failed to disclose contact with U.S. journalists – obstructing her ability to determine if he worked on behalf of the Ukrainian government. 

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Witness Says Ex-Obama Counsel Reached Deal on Ukraine Work

Nearly seven years ago to the day, former White House counsel Greg Craig agreed in a meeting with future Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to communicate with journalists on behalf of the Ukrainian government, according to testimony Monday in Craig’s criminal trial.

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Judge Says Spinoff Manafort Probes Still Active

New York Times reporter Ken Vogel has been exploring reporting over Ukraine-related lobbying from many dimensions, but a federal judge forestalled one of the avenues of his research on Monday, warning that journalistic scrutiny “could reveal the existence of law enforcement proceedings that are not officially acknowledged or publicly known.”

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