Gregory Craig Wins Dismissal of One FARA Charge, But Must Go to Trial on the Other[1]

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Bruce Zagaris

On August 6, 2019, United States District Judge Amy Berman of the District of Columbia dismissed one of two felony counts against Gregory Craig. In her 57-page memorandum opinion,[2] she found that an October 11, 2013 letter Craig sent to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit was not part of any formal FARA filing. Hence, the prosecution could not charge him for making false submissions. Judge Jackson rejected Craig’s defense that pursuant to jurisprudence in United States v. Safavian, 528 F.3d 957 (D.C. Cir. 2008) that he was not under a legal duty to disclose and therefore there was no concealment offense in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(1).