Indictment of Obama official in Mueller probe may pose a dilemma for Trump, so he takes it out on media
Added 04-14-19 07:11:02am EST - “Confronted with the novel situation of the special counsel's office going after a member of Barack Obama's administration, President Trump reacted with a tweet complaining about how the New York Times played the story in its Friday…” - News.yahoo.com
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Confronted with the novel situation of the special counsel's office — also known to Trump as the Corrupt Angry Democratic Witch Hunt — going after a member of Barack Obama's administration, President Trump reacted with a tweet complaining about how the New York Times played the story in its Friday editions.
“President Obama’s top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges,” wrote Trump Friday morning. “This is a really big story, but the Fake News New York Times didn’t even put it on page one, rather page 16. @washingtonpost not much better, ‘tiny’ page one. Corrupt News!”
Craig, who was White House counsel during Obama’s first year in office, was indicted Thursday by federal prosecutors in the District of Columbia and charged with lying to the Justice Department about work he did for the government of Ukraine. While the charges were not filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office, they arose from his investigation into the 2016 election. The complaint alleges that Craig did not register as an agent for the Ukraine government, partially because he believed it might hurt his chances at getting a job in the federal government. (Obama had restricted the work former lobbyists could do during his administration.)
Craig has denied the charges, calling them “unprecedented and unjustified” in a statement posted to YouTube. Craig declined to accept a plea deal and added that he believed “both the judge and the jury will agree with me.” His lawyer entered a not-guilty plea for him on Friday.
The indictment of an Obama aide because of the special counsel’s investigation would appear to undercut Trump’s message that Mueller, a Republican who was appointed to head the FBI by President George W. Bush, is actually a far-left Democratic operative seeking to bring him down. Trump’s messaging on the special counsel has oscillated wildly depending on the news of the day, from asserting that Mueller would fabricate evidence against him to claiming vindication from the report after Attorney General William Barr summarized the findings as favorable to the president. (After days of positive headlines for the administration, Barr later walked back his claims, saying he never intended to summarize the findings.)
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