Paul Manafort plea deal begs question: what did he know?

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Getty Former WH Counsel Greg Craig has been linked to the Manafort probe and might face criminal charges

The charges are linked to a probe into Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort reaches "tentative" plea deal with Mueller: report Giuliani says possible Manafort plea deal not a concern Manafort seeks plea deal without special counsel cooperation: report MORE, the former campaign chairman to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Carolina detention centers say it will not relocate inmates in mandatory evacuation zones Letitia James routs three Dems to win New York AG primary Trump slams Kerry for "illegal" meetings with Iran MORE, CNN reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Federal prosecutors in NY are eyeing charges against former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, CNN reports.

An attorney for Craig told CNN that his client "was not required to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, the probe into Greg Craig and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP pertains to lobbying work Craig performed on behalf of a Ukrainian political group, without registering as a foreign agent, and therefore possibly breaking the law.

They stem from charges that Manafort in 2012 "solicited" a law firm on behalf of the then-president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, and the Ukraine's Ministry of Justice. 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. The question, however, is what that big deal is.

"Manafort knew that the report also did not disclose that the law firm, in addition to being retained to write the report, was retained to represent Ukraine itself, including in connection with the Tymoshenko case and to provide training to the trial team prosecuting Tymoshenko."

The indicted former campaign chairman, according to reporting from CBS News in late October of 2016, was the person who moved the ex-Indiana governor into the role of Donald Trump's running mate.

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