As reported by Law.com, Craig's arraignment is scheduled for this afternoon, and his case has been assigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson who has handled several cases stemming from the Mueller investigation.
Patten received no prison sentence because prosecutors said he was very cooperative with the Russian Federation investigation, headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, as well as other ongoing investigations. The sentencing comes as federal prosecutors in NY continue to investigate foreign donations to the presidential inaugural committee and as the Justice Department has been cracking down on foreign lobbying violations.More news: Man City left to question priorities for Crystal Palace visit
The special counsel's office discovered Patten's criminal activity over the course of its investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election, but referred the case to federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C. One of Mueller's top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, attended Patten's sentencing hearing.
They allege Craig did so to avoid registering as a foreign agent, which would undermine the perception of independence of both the report and Craig and "impair the ability of Craig and others at the law firm to later return to government positions". John Edwards and James Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was investigated and charged for leaking classified information.
Interestingly, Craig's work for the Ukrainian government happened while Viktor Yanukovych was still president, which was also when Paul Manafort was working for Yanukovych as a political consultant and a representative. The document sought to legitimize the prosecution of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. "Without that, it does raise questions over whether the prosecution is political or not". The firm also acknowledged it had been paid $4.6 million for the report and not just $12,000, as the Ukrainian government had said at the time. Mr. Craig had no interest in misleading the FARA Unit because he had not done anything that required his registration.More news: Lomachenko: I Want a Fight With Mikey Garcia, I Want Titles
Craig's lawyers rejected the charges.
President Donald Trump tweeted about Craig's indictment Friday morning, calling it a "really big story" and criticizing news organization's coverage of it.
FARA is a decades-old law meant to allow Americans to know when foreign entities are trying to influence public opinion or policymakers. "But there's something fishy about the way the Justice Department brought this case that they still have yet to explain".More news: Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen rediscovering his game in playoffs