Former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig’s Trial Delayed Due to Jury Dismissal, Failure of Judge to Allow Public into Courtroom; New Jury Selection Expected to Start on Wednesday

  • The long-awaited trial of Greg Craig, former Obama White House counsel, was delayed by the judge on Tuesday after the jury was dismissed.
  • The jury was dismissed due to criticisms from the prosecution and the defense who each “took issue with the pre-selection of potential jury members and the public’s being barred from Monday’s proceedings.”
  • Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Monday’s jury selection process would be scrapped and the new process would start on Wednesday. Jackson “handled former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s case and is overseeing the upcoming trial of Trump associate Roger Stone.”
  • Jackson said: “It’s a little bit of a setback. But I think it’s ultimately only going to delay this thing by a couple of days.”
  • Jackson announced on Monday that “some of the jury pool said they couldn’t serve for the two weeks the trial is expected to last were prescreened out, which the defense said meant the pool was no longer random.”
  • New jury selection is expected to take up most of Wednesday and Thursday with opening statements expected by Friday.
  • Jackson also prevented the public from a large portion of Monday’s jury selection since “she believed the courtroom was too small to accommodate the 70 possible jury members along with journalists and members of the public there to observe.”
  • All members of the public were forced to leave and only eight members of the media were allowed to remain, which caused concerns about Craig’s right to a public trial.
  • The case against Craig by the Justice Department stems from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
  • The case “focuses on the public relations work the well-connected Democratic attorney and the law firm he worked for — Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom — did for the pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine facilitated by Manafort in 2012.”
  • Craig is charged with “one count of misleading investigators in the Foreign Agents Registration Act Unit.”
  • If convicted, Craig faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Reference Links

  • Washington Examiner: Trial of Obama White House counsel delayed as jury pool is dismissed READ
  • Politico: Trial of former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig delayed over jury issue READ
  • Fox: Jury selection to start over in case of ex-Obama White House counsel Greg Craig READ
  • Courthouse News Services: Closed Court Delays Trial of Ex-White House Counsel READ

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