McCarthy on Indictment of Ex-Obama WH Counsel: 'Clock Was Ticking' After Previous Mueller Charges
Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy reacted Thursday to the federal indictment of Greg Craig, former Obama White House counsel, in connection with foreign lobbying work uncovered by the Mueller probe.
Craig becomes the first Democrat to be indicted in a case arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's now-completed probe into Russian election interference.
The Washington-based lawyer was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for allegedly falsifying and concealing “material facts” and making false statements to the DOJ National Security Division's Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit, which is responsible for enforcing foreign lobbying laws.
At issue was Craig’s lobbying work performed in 2012 for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Specifically, Craig and the law firm were commissioned by Ukraine's government to write a report to assess the merits of the government's prosecution of dissident Yulia Tymoshenko -- which was widely regarded as an abuse of power. The aim of the report, critics said, was to provide political cover for the prosecution.
Craig allegedly made false statements to investigators looking into whether he appropriately registered foreign agent under FARA, which requires lobbyists to declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders, governments or their political parties.
McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, told Dana Perino that the "clock was ticking" when it came to charges against Craig, especially after Mueller indicted Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who worked with Craig.
"It's a big deal because of who he is," said McCarthy, adding FARA violations have rarely been prosecuted in the past.
He said the law should be enforced, but he's "not crazy" about DOJ changing its enforcement priorities under a special counsel.
Watch the full discussion above.