Greg Craig, a prominent Washington attorney and former White House counsel during the Obama administration, was acquitted by a federal jury on a charge that he made false statements to the government, according to US media reports.

Prosecutors had alleged that Mr Craig withheld facts from the US Department of Justice about his contacts with journalists in 2012 in connection with a report he wrote for the Ukrainian government while he was a partner at the Skadden law firm.

In their arguments during the trial, Mr Craig and his defence team told the jury that he contacted reporters to ensure that the independent report was accurately portrayed in the media.

The case, which was spun out of Robert Mueller’s now-completed investigation into Russian election interference, was part of a wider effort by the justice department to tighten its enforcement of the US Foreign Agents Registration Act, or Fara.

Via Financial Times

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