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Trump accuses papers of downplaying indictment of ex-Obama counsel

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President Trump 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. 

{mosads}Paul Manafort, 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 Mueller’s probe ahead of the release of his full report on Russia’s election interference efforts in 2016.

Attorney General William Barr 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 Graham (R-S.C.) made on Fox News. “No matter what we do or give to the Radical Left, it will never be enough!” 

 

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