The indictment had been predicted as part of the Mueller investigation and it appears to be the first member of the Obama administration to be charged as a result of the Mueller investigation.
Gregory Craig, who was White House counsel under President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday on charges of lying and hiding information related to his work for Ukraine.
Craig, a 74-year-old lawyer based in Washington, D.C., was charged by the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, unit. Craig faces up to five years in prison for each other charges.
The charges reportedly stem from the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which came to a formal end last month.
Craig is charged with lying to investigators about the nature of the work that his law firm, Skadden Arps, was doing for the Ukrainian government in 2012.