Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig expects to face federal charges in connection with his 2012 work for Ukraine, according to The Washington Post.
The expected charges relate to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and illegal lobbying done by former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, according to the Post.
Manafort pleaded guilty to charges relating to his work for Ukraine last year.
Craig’s attorneys have called the expected charges a “misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion.”
“This case was thoroughly investigated by the [Southern District of New York] and that office decided not to pursue charges against Mr. Craig. We expect an indictment by the DC US Attorney’s Office at the request of the National Security Division,” Craig’s lawyers said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The probe into Craig’s alleged activity in Ukraine was transferred to the Southern District of New York from Mueller’s office and then back to the Justice Department, according to the Journal.
The expected charges relate to the Ukrainian government hiring him and his then-law firm to evaluate the former Ukrainian prime minister’s corruption trial.
He would be the first prominent Democrat charged as a result of Mueller’s investigation, according to the Post.