A lobbyist of D.C. He was a business associate of former Trump campaign president Paul Manafort pleaded guilty in federal court Friday for failing to register his work, and admitted to arranging an illegal donation of $ 50,000 for the inauguration of Trump.
He also became the last official linked to Trump or his political circle to reach an agreement to cooperate with the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller.
W. Samuel Patten presented his statement in federal court in Washington, doing dementia for the crimes of disclosure while prosecutors exposed their business contacts with Manafort, the Ukrainian, and an American linked to Russian intelligence.
An illegal activity that he admitted was the organization of a US "straw donor" for the $ 50,000 contribution. He did it on behalf of a Ukrainian businessman who wanted to contribute to Trump's inauguration.
Sam Patten, a former associate of Paul Manafort, is leaving the US District Court. UU On August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. Patten pleaded guilty to not registering in the US UU As a foreign agent and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the case.
The charges he pleaded guilty to do not record his work as a foreign agent while working in Washington for a Ukrainian political party.
Prosecutors said Patten worked with two foreigners to align the contribution, the Washington Post reported.
The person identified as "Foreign B" went to the inauguration with Patten, who admits to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Patten has been included as an associate of Konstantin Kilimnik, who oversaw the Manafort office in Ukraine, and has been identified by prosecutors as linked to Russian intelligence.
Patten (L) admitted that he helped organize an illegal straw donation for Trump's inauguration
His statement came in the court of Judge Amy Berman Jackson in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which oversees the Manafort trial for money laundering and other charges in the District.
Trump's inaugural committee, overseen by Trump's friend Tom Barrack, raised $ 107 million for Trump's party. The amount was twice the cost of Barack Obama's $ 53 million inauguration.
A business associate of a key figure in the investigation of former Trump campaign president Paul Manafort pleaded guilty on Friday not to register as a foreign agent.
He worked with the former president of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort, who was found guilty this month of eight financial charges
The guilty plea was filed in the courtroom of District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who manages the Manafort case in Washington
Patten filed his statement in federal court in Washington, shortly after prosecutors issued a four-page indictment accusing him of lobbying and consulting in the United States and Ukraine, but did not register as a foreign agent as required by law. demanded the Department of Justice.
Patten was a business partner of Konstantin Kilimnik, a man who according to US authorities has ties to Russian intelligence.
Kilimnik worked closely with Manafort, who was convicted this month of eight financial charges. Kilimnik is also co-defendant in a pending case against Manafort in Washington, presented by the team of special lawyer Robert Mueller, who accuses them of manipulating witnesses.
As part of the plea agreement, Patten agreed to cooperate with special attorney Robert Mueller.
Patten's case was referred by Mueller's team to the US Attorney's office in Washington, who is handling it. Andrew Weissmann, one of the leading attorneys for Mueller's team in the Manafort indictment, was seen in court on Friday before Patten's appearance.
The court documents do not refer to Kilimnik by name, but say that Patten worked with a Russian citizen in lobbying and political consulting services.
Prosecutors say Patten, who formed a consulting company with a person identified only as "Foreign A," worked to arrange meetings with members of Congress and also drafted conversation topics for Capitol Hill meetings.
The goal, prosecutors say, was to influence US policy. But, they say Patten never filed the Foreign Agent Registration Law. The law aims to promote transparency about lobbying efforts in the United States.
US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Patten that she could not provide any estimate of Patten's possible sentence because the US sentencing guidelines. UU They do not have a section for violations of the Law on Registration of Foreign Agents. Prosecution of the offense is rare, but in recent years the Department of Justice's national security division has taken a tougher stance on law enforcement.
Patten's guilty plea requires him to cooperate with the government. He was released on his own on Friday without a sentencing date.