Barack Obama served the United States as its 44th president from 2009 to 2017. One thing that all presidents of the United States do soon after being inaugurated is elect members to their Cabinet, which includes people to lead the most important federal government agencies in the nation.
One other position that is part of the president’s Cabinet is White House Counsel. Even though Obama worked as an attorney for several years before becoming a practicing politician, he still needed – just like all high-level decision-makers – a second opinion from the legal expert Greg Craig, a skilled trial lawyer with several decades’ worth of experience at the time he was appointed to White House Counsel in Jan. 2009, who even helped Barack Obama prepare for his debates with John McCain, who was the Republican Party’s candidate for the 2008 presidential election, by acting as McCain likely would in a debate.
After serving the United States federal government as a White House official, people aren’t legally allowed to engage in certain types of work. Two of these types of work are public relations and politics. Those former White House officials who engage in either of these types of work – if not both of them – for a foreign entity are forced to register with the U.S. federal government under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which has been a law since 1938.
According to NPR.org, Greg Craig, who lobbied on behalf of the Ukrainian government over the two-year period following his departure from the White House, failed to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. In April 2019, just earlier this year, Craig was indicted by the United States Department of Justice shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report compiling his findings from his long investigation into whether President Donald Trump had, in fact, engaged in wrongful, illegal activities with Russian agents in order to benefit his political campaign in the 2016 president election and improve his chances of taking over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
After a trial that lasted nearly three weeks, Craig was ruled by a panel of federal jurors to be not guilty of lying to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the aforementioned work he did with the government of Ukraine, a country in Eastern Europe, as he was thought to be required to do so under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Ultimately, Craig and his law firm compiled a report for the Viktor Yanukovych-led Ukrainian government regarding the then-ongoing trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2012.