Washington, DC, lobbyist charged with failing to file as foreign agent


Washington, DC, lobbyist charged with failing to file as foreign agent

The charge, brought by the U.S. Attorney's office, stemmed from information uncovered by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller referred the case to prosecutors in Washington, DC. He has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, who can request a reduced sentenced for Patten.

Patten has a varied résumé. His first foray in professional politics was as an intern in the early 1990s for former U.S. Sen. He rejoined Collins' team in 1996 when she ran for U.S. Senate but didn't join her congressional staff until 1999.

Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was convicted August 21 of eight counts of tax and bank fraud in a separate trial in Virginia.

Manafort still faces more charges, including obstruction allegations against him and Kilimnik for alleged witness tampering.

Patten's Ukrainian and Russian clients paid his company $1 million through an offshore Cypriot account from 2015 to 2017, the charging document claims.

Patten was charged by way of a criminal information, a document that can only be filed with a defendant's consent and that typically signals a guilty plea is planned. Among them was "causing foreign money" to be paid to the Trump inaugural committee.

The goal all along, according to prosecutors, was to influence USA policy.

Patten "knew at the time that he took all of the actions described" that he was supposed to register as a foreign agent, but that he failed to do so, prosecutors charge. The company performed political consulting services and advised a prominent Ukrainian oligarch, labeled "Foreigner B", among others. He also helped a foreign individual draft op-ed columns intended for the USA news media, authorities say.

Apart from lobbying on behalf of various Ukrainian political entities, and politicians, Patten previously worked on the micro-targeting operations of Cambridge Analytica. He did so on behalf of a Ukrainian businessman who wanted to contribute to Trump's inauguration.

The lobbyist will appear Friday morning before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing Manafort's second trial scheduled for next month.

Patten was informed in writing of the ban, court papers say. Sam Patten was schooled in ME and attended Georgetown University, graduating in 1993. The unidentified oligarch was one of their biggest benefactors, the charging documents said.

According to Liu's documents, Patten violated FARA by contacting members of Congress and the executive branch, as well as the media.

In a joint statement Friday, committee chairman Sen.

Patten, 47, reached a plea deal with the Justice Department. He was released on his own recognizance Friday without a sentencing date. The charge is a felony that is punishable by a statutory maximum of up to five years in prison, and potential financial penalties.

The court filing also detailed Patten's alleged work with another person, identified only as Foreigner B. Patten helped the person draft op-ed articles and get them published in USA media in February 2017.

The charges against Patten were filed by the US attorney's office in Washington rather than by Mueller.



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