Charges reportedly linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s concluded Russian election meddling probe have been leveled for the first time against an Obama administration official. Gregory Craig, former White House counsel, was indicted today for allegedly lying about and concealing his work for Ukraine. The two Foreign Registration Act counts each carry maximum penalties of five years’ imprisonment.
What’s Craig’s reaction? His lawyers issued a statement even before the indictment, saying the Southern District of New York had “thoroughly investigated” the case, decided against charges and called the new Washington, D.C.-initiated case an “abuse of prosecutorial discretion.”