Trump accuses papers of downplaying indictment of ex-Obama counsel

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE on Friday accused top newspapers of downplaying the indictment of former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig in a case related to the now-concluded Russia investigation.

“This is a really big story, but the Fake News New York Times didn’t even put it on page one, rather page 16. @washingtonpost not much better, ‘tiny’ page one. Corrupt News!” Trump tweeted, adding that Craig was “indicted yesterday on very serious charges.” 

 

Craig was charged with lying to federal investigators looking into whether he should have registered as a foreign agent for legal work he did for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. He performed the work in 2012 after he left the White House for private practice. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote MORE, Trump’s former campaign chairman, enlisted Craig to do the work when he was a lobbyist before joining the 2016 campaign. Manafort pleaded guilty to charges related to his Ukraine lobbying and was convicted of other financial crimes.

Trump is seeking to muddy the waters around special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s probe ahead of the release of his full report on Russia’s election interference efforts in 2016.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter MORE issued a four-page letter saying Mueller found that the Trump campaign did not illegally coordinate with Moscow. Barr's summary also said Mueller did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice. 

Trump has taken a victory lap touting those conclusions, but some people close to the president fear that Mueller’s full report could include damaging information about him and his conduct in office.

“‘I don’t need to know any more. We’re done, absolutely done, he (Mueller) tried the case. There’s NO COLLUSION,’” Trump tweeted earlier Friday, citing comments Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he wants to see Bolton manuscript Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Juan Williams: Democrats can't let Trump off the hook MORE (R-S.C.) made on Fox News. “No matter what we do or give to the Radical Left, it will never be enough!”