Jury selection will restart Aug. 14 in Gregory Craig’s trial on a criminal charge related to duping the U.S. government about the extent of his work for a pro-Russian Ukrainian regime.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed Aug. 13 to dismiss the jury selected a day earlier and restart the jury selection process. Craig’s defense attorneys had objected to closed-door questioning of potential jurors.
The judge said jury selection will restart in a larger, ceremonial courtroom to allow for greater public access. She said opening arguments in the case could begin as early as Aug. 15.
“We’re going to do this right,” Jackson said.
Craig’s prosecution is the latest in a string of cases arising from probes into violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Craig, a former White House counsel during President Barack Obama’s first term, is the rare Democrat caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
The former partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP faces up to five years in prison.
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(Updates with Aug. 14 restart of jury selection)