Trump accuses papers of downplaying indictment of ex-Obama counsel

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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 ManafortPoll: Nearly half of Republicans say no one on Trump campaign committed a crime It is wrong to say 'no collusion' The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe ahead of the release of his full report on Russia’s election interference efforts in 2016.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrLove or hate Trump, Mueller report doesn't matter Immigration judge calls Barr's move to deny asylum-seekers bond hearings 'highly problematic' Trump's job approval ticks up 2 points: Gallup 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 GrahamIf you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again Graham challenges Dems to walk the walk on impeachment Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE (R-S.C.) made on Fox News. “No matter what we do or give to the Radical Left, it will never be enough!”