Manafort Plea Deal Raises Key Question: What Does He know?

Greg Craig

Greg Craig

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort told prosecutors he preferred that they seize his apartment in Trump Tower than give up one of the four bank accounts special counsel Robert Mueller's team was eyeing, Manafort's plea agreement revealed Friday.

Federal prosecutors in NY are considering criminal charges against Greg Craig, a former Obama White House counsel, as part of a investigation into whether he failed to register as a foreign agent, sources told CNN Friday. According to CNN, any action against Greg's law firm would be extraordinary, given Mr. Craig and his law firm's reputation as one of the most prestigious law firms in the United States.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who brought the charges against Manafort, is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and related matters.

The Craig investigation is, CNN notes, closely linked to Mueller's Manafort inquiry because Manafort "solicited a law firm" on behalf of then-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, and the Ukrainian government's Ministry of Justice. The question, however, is what that big deal is.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is also considering action against law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where Craig was a partner during the period under examination, CNN reported.

President Donald Trump's own NY residence is in that landmark Fifth Avenue building.

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