After the Democrats spent years trying to take down Trump via the special counsel investigation, they accidentally took down one of their own instead. A prominent Democratic attorney who served as White House counsel to former President Barack Obama was indicted on Thursday on charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s probe.
White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, who is known for being a bit snarky at times, couldn’t resist celebrating the news on Twitter with a sarcastic dig at the media.
Conway mocks media
Poking fun at Democrats who for two years hoped breathlessly that Mueller would come up with criminal charges against President Donald Trump, Conway posted a tongue-in-cheek headline to Twitter:
“BREAKING NEWS! FINALLY! WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL INDICTED in connection with MUELLER investigation!” Conway tweeted.
Conway attached an article from The Hill detailing Craig’s indictment. Craig is accused of lying to federal authorities in connection with the Mueller investigation about lobbying work he did on behalf of the former pro-Russia Ukrainian government several years ago.
Tedious critics immediately accused her of ignoring national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was indicted on a single count of lying in the course of the Mueller investigation in 2017. But they’re missing Conway’s point — the Dems never gave up hoping for a Trump indictment from Mueller, and this is all they’re getting.
Craig indicted for lying
Craig’s illicit lobbying work was uncovered during Mueller’s investigation and prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who reached out to Craig’s law firm for assistance with his own lobbying on behalf of the Ukraine government in 2012.
Craig, who served in Obama’s administration from 2009-2010, joined the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP after leaving the White House. That firm was in turn hired by a Ukrainian via Manafort to provide cover for the Ukrainian government’s prosecution of political rivals via a whitewashing report.
Craig and the firm failed to properly register as foreign agents with the U.S. government, however, and when pressed about the lobbying work by the Justice Department, Craig was deceptive about the extent of the work that had been done on behalf of Ukraine.
In 2018, the firm reached a $4.6 million settlement with the Justice Department over its failure to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act and its prior deception.
The settlement shielded the firm from prosecution but left Craig — who exited the firm around the same time — exposed as the guilty party.
Craig’s attorneys argue that their client did nothing wrong and will ultimately be cleared of the federal felony charges.
If convicted on the two charges of making false statements, Craig could face up to five years in prison for each charge.