Greg Craig, the White House counsel in 2009 and 2010, was found not guilty Wednesday of one charge of allegedly concealing work he did for the Ukrainian government from the Justice Department.

The charge revolves around work Craig did with lobbyist Paul Manafort in 2012 regarding a report he wrote on Ukraine.

The case was a high-profile one for a Justice Department unit that is cracking down on unregistered foreign lobbying.

The charges grew out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into former Trump campaign chairman Manafort's ties to Russia-connected Ukrainian politicians. Craig, President Barack Obama's former White House counsel, was the highest-ranking Democrat charged in connection to that probe.

The presentation of evidence concluded before Labor Day weekend with two days of Craig, 74, testifying in his own defense, defending his actions, parsing prosecutors' words and at the same time admitting he had made some mistakes.

The case boiled down to a question of whether Craig had been working at the direction of the Ukrainian government when he spoke to journalists. He had shared a copy of his work with David Sanger of The New York Times, for instance, in advance of the release of a report from his law firm on the trial of a Ukrainian politician.

Craig was charged with making a false statement to the Justice Department in describing and hiding that effort.

His charge carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison, though that length of time would have been an unlikely sentence.

The Ukrainian government had contracted with Craig's firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, paying the firm more than $4 million for the report, which was intended to be an independent assessment of the trial of the then-president's political opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Manafort, then the top lobbyist for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, acted as a middleman throughout, orchestrating a network of public relations people and his associates to help spin the report.

Manafort is also known for admitting to illegal foreign lobbying for Ukraine and several financial crimes during the Mueller investigation, then flaming out as a Mueller cooperator after lying to investigators and a grand jury. He is serving a seven-and-a-half-year federal prison sentence. He was not called to testify against Craig, but his longtime deputy Rick Gates, also a Mueller cooperator, was.

"It was Manafort to Craig, and the orders went down from there," prosecutor Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez said in closing arguments Monday. The DC-based prosecutor, who inherited the case from Mueller, also delivered a plug for the foreign lobbying registration act, called the Foreign Agents Registration Act, of which the Justice Department is upping its enforcement and which Craig's case grew out of.

"If [Craig] had been truthful and honest, then the facts would come out. ... But none of it did at the time. This is why FARA matters," Campoamor-Sanchez said.

But Craig and his defense lawyers maintained that he would not have thrown away his sterling reputation in Washington by lying to the Justice Department. Craig's communications with reporters about the Ukraine report weren't part of the coordinated plan to spin coverage of the Ukrainian party in power, his lawyers argued.

"You heard it from the witness stand. He did not lie to the FARA unit," defense attorney Bill Murphy argued.

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