This unexpected indictment appears to suggest things may get very interesting very soon in Washington DC:
Greg Craig, former White House counsel for former President Barack Obama, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday to charges of making false and misleading statements to federal prosecutors related to his work on behalf of Russian-backed former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
A status hearing for his case has been set for April 15 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in the District of Columbia.
Craig, in an indictment a day earlier, was accused of making false and misleading statements to investigators including those on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Craig is the first prominent Democrat to be indicted in a case that stemmed from Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Mueller referred the Craig case to prosecutors in New York last year, after uncovering alleged misconduct while investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s unregistered lobbying work on behalf of Ukraine.
Drawandstrike suggests that this is just the first thread of an unravelling sweater:
What you are seeing this week was planned and readied for a long, long time by people who know exactly what they are doing.
All the way back when Paul Manafort’s indictment was first unsealed, I saw this coming. While all the attention of the Trump/Russia kool-aid drinkers was almost totally fixated on Manafort/Gates, I took a really long look at Tony Podesta’s reaction to that indictment being unsealed.
Nobody was supposed to notice that people who had *no connection whatsoever* with the Trump campaign or administration were getting indicted by the Mueller team for illegal lobbying.
The *very first conviction* the Mueller team had, Van Der Zwaan = illegal lobbying.
With that in mind, I watched how Tony Podesta reacted to the unsealing of Manafort’s indictment.
1) immediately dissolved his highly successful lobbying firm
2) went to ground and has made himself extremely hard to find
Podesta may have been the first guy to actually realize where all of this was going.
I’ve long wondered why Podesta disappeared his lobbying firm, but I never connected it to the Manafort indictment. Here is hoping the long-awaited Storm is finally upon us.