Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Manafort associate pleads guilty, will cooperate with Mueller investigation

Manafort associate pleads guilty, will cooperate with Mueller investigation

The individual paid $50,000 for the tickets, after receiving the same sum from a company controlled by Patten and an unnamed Russian national.

Patten is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington before U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson at 11 a.m.

After the congressional testimony, Patten then destroyed documents relating to his foreign work.

Under the 10-page plea agreement requiring cooperation with the government, Patten no longer faces potential charges for making false statements or obstructing the Senate Intelligence Committee, or for causing foreign money to contribute to Trump's 2016-2017 inauguration committee. A sentencing date has not been set.

Patten has also done work for Cambridge Analytica, the data-gathering company that worked on President Trump's campaign and shuttered following allegations that it violated the privacy of 87 million Facebook users, according to the Guardian.

Manafort, who was sacked as Trump's campaign chairman in August 2016, was convicted by a federal jury in Virginia on tax and bank fraud stemming from his work between 2010 and 2014 for the pro-Russia Ukrainian political party Party of Regions and then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

"We've known each other for more than 15 years, and we periodically look for places we can work together", Patten told The Atlantic of his relationship with Kilimnik. Patten's company was involved in lobbying work in the United States and Ukraine, prosecutors said, adding that he failed to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department as required by law.

A prosecutor from the DC US Attorney's Office read the charging document made public Friday before the hearing nearly word for word.

The Patten case was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller's team to the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, said Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the office. In July, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the Justice Department's national security division would take over responsibility of a case filed against a dozen Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking into the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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Patten's work in Ukraine dovetails somewhat with that of Manafort. One filing cited an Federal Bureau of Investigation assessment that his relations to the GRU continued through the 2016 election, which Kilimnik has denied.

"I would think that Manafort would have been useless there without Kostya", Patten said, using a common nickname for Kilimnik.

Patten was born into a milieu of social climbing and Washington power politics.

Susan Mary Alsop's first husband was Bill Patten Sr., but the son she bore during their marriage - also named Bill - was not Patten's son.

The younger Bill Patten - Sam's father - did not learn about this until 1996.

The move circumvented USA law prohibiting foreigners from providing money to an organization running the inauguration.

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The Ukrainian opposition bloc is a largely pro-Russian party. That case is set to go on trial in the District of Columbia next month.

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