Former Obama lawyer Greg Craig leaves firm after brush with Mueller probe
Craig supervised Alex van der Zwaan, who has pleaded guilty to lying about communications regarding his work for Ukrainian politicians.
John Edwards' defense attorney Greg Craig speaks to a crowd of reporters on June 3, 2011 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Edwards, the former senator and presidential candidate, faced federal charges of using campaign contributions to hide an affair. He was later acquitted on one charge, and the Justice Department dropped the rest of the charges after a mistrial. Steve Exum / Getty Images file
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Gates, a former Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to one charge of false statements and one charge of conspiracy in February and has agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe. Manafort, former Trump campaign chair, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include money laundering and conspiracy.
It emerged in court hearings that Greg Craig was the senior partner overseeing the project. Craig was White House counsel from January 2009 to January 2010, when he went to work at Skadden. He also held several posts in the Clinton administration, and helped President Clinton coordinate his defense during his impeachment.
The 2012 report, commissioned by Manafort, was an effort to analyze the prosecution of an opposition politician, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Human rights groups criticized the report as a white wash. Manafort and Gates used an offshore account to "funnel $4 million to pay for the report," according to court papers, which do not say how much of the $4 million went to Skadden.
Craig did not immediately respond to a request for comment.