Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Patten sought tickets to Trump inauguration for Ukrainian oligarch, prosecutors say

Patten sought tickets to Trump inauguration for Ukrainian oligarch, prosecutors say

Patten confirmed his involvement with Cambridge Analytica to The Daily Beast, saying he assisted the firm's US projects in 2014 and also "several overseas campaigns".

The documents filed along with Patten's plea lay out years of work he performed for a wealthy Ukrainian businessman and a Ukrainian political party known as the Opposition Bloc beginning in 2014.

Patten was a business associate of Kilimnik, a man USA authorities have said has ties to Russian intelligence.

Foreigner A is believed to be Konstantin Kilimnik, Manafort's co-defendant in a trial that kicks off next month in D.C. on similar charges to the one Patten faces.

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Federal prosecutors previously have indicted Kilimnik and Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, on charges of witness tampering in Manafort's criminal conspiracy and money-laundering case pending in the District.

Friday's charging documents state that Patten worked with an unnamed Russian to place op-ed articles in US media in 2017 and was paid more than $1 million for the Ukrainian opposition bloc work, including meeting with members of the executive branch, Senate Foreign Relations Committee members and other members of Congress.

A company Patten co-owned with a Russian national received more than $1 million for the work, the USA said.

In a DC federal court, Samuel Patten copped to failing to register as a foreign agent while lobbying on behalf of the Opposition Bloc party for the past four years and agreed to cooperate in exchange for leniency in his sentencing, the Washington Post reports. But Mr. Patten's case was handled by prosecutors outside the special counsel's team in federal court in Washington.

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In court, Patten conveyed the air of a solemn man aware of what he had done. No date has been set for his sentencing. Jackson is the judge presiding over Manafort's second trial, which is expected to begin on September 24.

An American lobbyist on Friday admitted brokering access to President Donald Trump's inauguration for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians in a scheme that highlighted the rush by foreign interests to influence the new administration. Patten also drafted an op-ed for Foreigner B that sought to address concerns about Ukraine's ability to work with the Trump administration. The oligarch then repaid Patten through a Cypriot bank account.

Kilimnik has been indicted in absentia alongside Manafort on obstruction of justice charges. And he worked in Kazakhstan, where he consulted for multinational companies like Coca-Cola and Texaco and reopened the country office for the International Republican Institute, a nongovernmental civil society group that promotes democracy and elections.

Patten praised Kilimnik at the time as a person who helped Manafort navigate the complicated Ukrainian political scene.

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Working alongside an unnamed Russian national, Patten set up meetings with members of Congress and their staff, as well as the executive branch, in 2015, according to the document. Also in attendance was Scott Claffee, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department's National Security Division.

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