Greg Craig, former White House counsel to former President Barack Obama, walks into a federal courthouse for his trial, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Prominent DC lawyer takes the stand in foreign lobbying case

August 28, 2019 - 7:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Washington lawyer says he never misled the Justice Department about his work for the Ukraine government.

Greg Craig is testifying in his own defense in federal court in Washington.

The case is an offshoot of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and has placed a spotlight on the lucrative world of foreign lobbying in Washington.

Craig's testimony is aimed at rebutting Justice Department allegations that the well-known lawyer was part of a public relations campaign for Ukraine.

Craig insists he was not and that he didn't believe it was necessary to register with the Justice Department as an agent of Ukraine.

Craig served as White House counsel to President Barack Obama in addition to representing other high-profile clients.