Trump accuses papers of downplaying indictment of ex-Obama counsel

President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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. 

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Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Key numbers to know for Mueller's testimony Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller 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 MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE’s probe ahead of the release of his full report on Russia’s election interference efforts in 2016.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Will Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? A question for Robert Mueller 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 GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Democrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets US-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' MORE (R-S.C.) made on Fox News. “No matter what we do or give to the Radical Left, it will never be enough!”